Well, it’s that time of year again. I know it’s only spring but it’s time for our family to start thinking about getting ready for winter.
What I mean by that is that it’s time for us to start splitting firewood so that we’ll have enough ready for the upcoming winter.
Having been down this road before, I can assure you that waiting until November to think about putting up firewood is never a good idea.
If you’ve ever spent much time splitting firewood by hand, you know what a difficult chore it can be.
We’ve found one tool that makes it easier and if you want to know about that, I suggest you read my article called, “Spilt Wood Easier With the Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe“.
Now It’s Time to Make Splitting Wood Even Easier
The Fiskars X27 that you can read about in the link that I provided above certainly makes splitting firewood much easier but it doesn’t solve one of the age-old problems associated with this chore.
Every time you split a piece of wood, you start with one round piece of firewood on a chopping block and you end up with two pieces on the ground. Then, you have to pick those pieces up and put them back on the chopping block so that you can split them into even smaller pieces.
Sure, I know that some people don’t use a chopping block but we found that we spend less time sharpening our axe because if we miss a piece of wood that is on the ground, the ax head doesn’t go into the ground and get dull. It just sticks in the chopping block which doesn’t dull it at all.
This rather routine but tedious task of picking up individual pieces of firewood that have been split and placing them back on the chopping block makes the chore of splitting firewood much more labor intensive and time consuming. Believe it or not, my husband was looking on Pinterest. Yes, I actually said that it was my HUSBAND who was looking on Pinterest when he found this idea that I’m about to share with you.
All you have to do is fasten an old spare tire that doesn’t have the metal rim in it to the top of your chopping block. Then, place the round log inside the tire. Now, when you split the round, instead of the pieces flying off the chopping block and landing on the ground, they stay inside the tire and on the block!
Then, all you have to do is re-position yourself and take some more swings at the remaining pieces of firewood that are left on the block until they are small enough for your liking.
I will mention that from time to time the tire does fall off the stump but it’s not that big of a deal and I’d rather have to pick the tire up every now and then than attach the tire to the chopping block with metal lag bolts or nails that could be hit by the axe.
One other tip that we sometimes use is to wrap a heavy-duty bungee cord around the round piece of firewood that we are splitting. Then, after we make the first split, the bungee adds a bit of extra help in keeping the split pieces inside the tire and off of the ground.
Warning: Splitting firewood can be very dangerous work so for the sake of being thorough, I’m including a warning in this article. Regardless of what method you choose to use when splitting firewood, make sure that you wear all the appropriate safety gear and that you follow appropriate safety practices.