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Offline bendjoseph

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wood spliting by hand
« on: December 21, 2012, 04:57:22 AM »
I split about ten cords a year.  Who else splits by hand?

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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 06:18:41 AM »
I did until about 4-5 years ago .Odd ,I had the stuff to build a splitter it just took me 20 years until I got around to it and 4 days to do it once I got in gear .--slow ---

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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2012, 06:36:08 AM »
I enjoy hand-splitting...I've had opportunities for deals on hydraulic splitters, but while I'm young I figure I can still do it the old fashioned way  ;D  It's a good workout and great way to knock out the frustrations of the day...
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012, 06:38:06 AM »
I use too. Was not really that hard or bad. I cut my wood from Father's land.Than I moved onto my Fathers land and built a house. Wife wanted a cook stove. Has a typical fire box,big as a shoe box. ;D Wood should really be split kinda small. I had 3 brothers and we use to split my Grandmothers wood for the same stove. No dig deal,or so I thought. Wood was about a foot long.I started to split. Took a stick a foot across and split it in half,than half again. Did that for about an hour. The unsplit pile was not going down much and the split was not growing either. Looked around for my brothers,they was no wheres to be found. :D  Went into the house and told the wife we are buying a wood splitter. That wood split easy,but it would of taken a long time. The splitter goes so much faster. Than about 6-7 years later we brought a OWB. I'm glad we have the splitter now. I burn alot of white pine from left over bucking up saw logs. Get alot of pieces that would be just about impossible to split by hand.And I don't have the wind I use to have either. There is no way that I could do it now by hand now.
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2012, 07:55:36 AM »
I hand split 7-8 cords a year up until I got a hydraulic splitter last year.  No way I'm going back, hurts my back just thinking about it  ;D

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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2012, 07:59:03 AM »
  I still like to split some by hand (maul) but not with wedges. The nasty stuff I use the neighbors splitter. When you get a nice straight oak about 10-12 inches its nice and fast to bust it up with a good sharp maul.
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2012, 08:27:33 AM »
In the late 80s we used to sell over 300 cord a year, all split by hand. Don't miss those days.
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2012, 08:52:49 AM »
Used to too.
But interesting as one gets older, gets wiser too.  :) ;D
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2012, 09:04:15 AM »
I spilt some by hand every year.  The really large rounds that can't be easily moved are all done by hand.  If I can roll it, and the round is not too long, then I'll split it with the splitter in the vertical position.  If I can't position it, or lift it, it's probably gonna be split by hand.  I am of the opinion that I am getting too old for it, as it wears me out and hurts my back too.  I've got some elm I would like to give to some good home......
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2012, 09:17:52 AM »
I split for recreation  ::)  ::) Just enough for the little stove in the cabin and kindling for the fire pit. I find it better exercise and less frustrating than golf

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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2012, 09:26:55 AM »
I have seen more than 1 person swing a golf club like a splitting maul. :o
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2012, 01:02:22 PM »
That elm will split much easier next year,but we use to split with iron wedges and a sledge hammer.
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2012, 01:11:48 PM »
I like the eight pound mall, I usually split around a cord a year, the boys do the rest. I do use a hyd. splitter on the big rounds that are knotty. My favorite mall was the 16lb original monster mall,  I stepped drilled it out to a 2" dia. and added some 7-1/2 bird shot to it, covered it back with a 1/2" plate.  finish product was 17.4 lbs. And before anyone says anything, yea it was heavy, but man this thing would split anything, just raise it straight up and pull it down, no swinging.  But someone took it, 
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2012, 03:21:05 PM »
I split by hand, I lift the lever on the Super Splitter and watch it bust that wood apart.   :snowman:
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2012, 03:50:46 PM »
I split by hand up at my cabin in northern Maine.Only about a half cord a year. I only burn blow downs or leftover slash from logging operations. Even at only a half cord,I'm very fussy as to what I burn.I'll look for ash or maple that doesn't have knots.Just kinda lazy I guess. At home I use a splitter on the tractor. My father ,who is 78 years old,splits about 3-4 cords a year;4 foot,with a maul and wedges! Once in awhile he will have me take a gnarly piece home to split on the tractor

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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2012, 04:28:28 PM »
I forgot about doing that. My father was real fuzzy with his land. I would cut the trees and saw into 40 inches and split in that length. I would carry in 4-5 iron wedges and a maul. Some times I would have all the wedges in one stick,that was with big beech. Than we would go in with a trailer and load all the wood I split onto a trailer. Pile it up and I would cut it up and haul it home in my pick up truck. did that for a couple years. Than I somehow conviced him to haul it out in what ever lengths worked. I still cut it up into 40 inches,pile that up,the bigger stuff on the bottom and than I hired a truck to haul it to my house. Was easier,but than I had all of the sawdust and bark to get rid of,only had a 250 foot square lot at that time. all that came back over here. My neighbors loved to hear the sounds of a chainsaw each night.  ::)
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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2012, 05:03:40 PM »
A couple of weeks ago I did get the axe out and made a few swings on some gnarly ash .It didn't cooperate very well so I put the axe away .If it wants to fight me I'll get it with the splitter .I'm going to win .

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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2012, 05:33:08 PM »
chain saws and hyd, splitter always win against stubborn logs, 
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2012, 05:50:03 PM »
Usually ash splits easy .This eab killed stuff is hard as a rock .I mean it's hard enough you have to file the chain every tank full and it certainly doesn't yield to the axe very well .

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Re: wood spliting by hand
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2012, 07:44:29 PM »
I actually straight line rip with the 066, way more than I splilt by hand anymore......at 61
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