Splitting firewood with a gas log splitter doesn't have to require a lot of muscle.
With the right techniques and the right tools, any David can conquer a Goliath-sized log.
So before you go trying to hack a tree into firewood, consider these tips, tricks, and tools to help you succeed.
After all, nobody, big or small, wants to end their day with a hernia.
Cutting Down to Size
You've gotta crawl before you walk, right?
The same goes here. Before you split into smaller pieces, you'll have to cut the monstrous log into halves.
Using a horizontal/vertical log splitter
allows you to pivot into a vertical position and roll the log into place without lifting.
Catch the Break
Once you've gotten that big bad thing split down by half, you may be able to lift it onto the splitter.
Once you're able to lift it onto the splitter, you can cut that half into halves, but the pieces may still be too large to catch as they're cut.
can help catch the halves as they're split, so that way you're not continuously bending and lifting the pieces.
This is a good thing, because a quarter of a giant log still needs to be split further.
Working in Double-Time
Now that giant log has been split, and split again, to make it into manageable-sized pieces.
To finish it off, you'll want to make quick and easy work of these remaining pieces.
Utilize a 4-way wedge
to split these pieces into small chunks of firewood. Then you're finished.
That's how you make a big job into an easy feat. The right tools and a little bit of know-how goes a long way.