If you happen to heat your home with a wood stove, chances are pretty high that you’ve used a splitting maul a time or two in your life. If you have used one, you know what a back breaking chore it can be to swing a heavy steel splitting maul time and time again. Well, today I’m going to be telling you about an alternative to these old fashioned heavy tools.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for long probably already know that a couple of years ago we installed a wood stove to combat the high price of electricity for heating our home. Along with the installation of this wood stove came the new chore of splitting wood. My husband has spent some time as a wildland firefighter many years ago so swinging an axe isn’t anything that was new to him but for me, this was a brand-new experience.
The first time we brought in a cord of wood to be split, I remember how difficult it was to even lift the splitting maul let alone swing it over my head to split a piece of firewood. This got me thinking that there had to be an easier way. Due to the miracle of the Internet, it didn’t take me long to find a product that looked to me like it would be much more suited for my level of strength.
After a brief Internet search, I stumbled across the product called the the “Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe”. We bought it on Amazon for just under $50 and the shipping was free.
The main thing that got me interested in this particular splitting axe is that it is much lighter than a traditional splitting maul. Because the cutting head is lighter than a heavy steel maul I can swing it much faster. The increased velocity at the cutting head results in more one strike splits with less effort on my part. I was amazed at how much more efficient I was with the Fiskars splitting axe. This was a tool that I could handle quite easily and I was splitting wood like an old pro in no time at all.
Another thing that I really like about this tool is that the handle isn’t made of wood. Instead, it’s made of what appears to be a special plastic type material that is guaranteed to never break. This is good news for me since I’m not very coordinated when it comes to swinging an axe. I often find myself missing the log when I’m trying to split wood which sometimes makes the handle of the axe strike the log that I’m trying to split. This is a surefire way to break a wooden handle but so far I’ve noticed no damage to the Fiskars handle at all.
If you have the pleasure of being faced with the chore of splitting wood, I highly recommend this product as a replacement for a traditional splitting axe. As a woman, I can tell you that it’s much easier for me to handle than the old-fashioned type of splitting tools.