Posted on Dec 6, 2023 at 7:25 am by Matthew L
You are a fan of wood heating? If you are lucky enough to own a wooded plot, you have cut your wood into beautiful logs. Otherwise, a professional has delivered you some cubic meters of different wood species, stored under shelter. Now you need to prepare them for the fireplace or stove by splitting them?
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How to split firewood?
Whether you buy or cut your own firewood, it is always cut into logs that generally vary in length.
These logs are packaged in 25, 33, 40 or 50 cm lengths, or even a maximum of 60 cm. As for the diameter, it necessarily depends on the size and age of the felled tree, but also on its species.
However, the larger logs often need to be split lengthwise. Indeed, splitting the logs into sections helps facilitate drying as they are cut into their core.
Similarly, storage and shelter storage are facilitated because there are fewer empty spaces.
Moreover, splitting logs has a completely practical aspect. Logs split into two or three pieces are easier to move from the shelter to the house, in the indoor log rack before being burned. And above all, they are lighter.
Finally, a split log burns better because it catches fire more quickly.
- The advantages of compacted logs for heating
- How to store firewood outdoors?
How to split wood effortlessly?
To split wood, you can use an axe or a maul and a splitting wedge. But this work is exhausting and laborious. To minimize effort, there is only one solution: the log splitter. Previously reserved for professionals, log splitters are now accessible to individuals.
What is the principle of a log splitter, sometimes called a log splitter? By applying pressure on the log, placed vertically, the log splitter, equipped with a blade, literally splits the wood.
Log splitters work either vertically or horizontally (ideal for logs over 40 to 50 cm), which provides better stability.
Regardless of the chosen log splitter model, its use requires precautions: the log splitter must be placed on a flat and stable surface. It is also recommended to wear gloves and protective goggles.
The different models of log splitters
There are three models of log splitters: manual, electric, or thermal:
- The manual log splitter: it remains practical but requires effort. It requires energy because you have to strike the log
- The electric log splitter: it is a motorized log splitter, quieter and less polluting than a thermal log splitter. It is also less expensive but also less powerful. Their power ranges from 1500 to 3500 Watts, and their ram reaches from 5 to 10 tons. It is the ideal log splitter for logs up to 40 cm in length
- The thermal log splitter is more suitable for large firewood consumption, exceeding 10 cubic meters per year. Indeed, it is much more powerful than an electric log splitter, thanks to its 4-stroke motorization. Their power goes up to 9000 W and their thrust up to 22 tons
The hydraulic log splitter is intended for professionals and is connected to the power take-off of a tractor.
- Preparing firewood for the cold months to come
- What is the best wood species for heating?