Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cutting, Splitting Wood

  Winter is on the way, and that means it is time to make sure your logs are in order.  By now you should have enough wood to heat your home.  If not, it's time to get cutting!
  Whether you use a Husqvarna, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, Stihl, or some other chainsaw; the most important thing is safety!  Make sure you wear the proper safety equipment.  Hard toe shoes, eye protection, protective long pants, leather gloves, and other safety equipment may be purchased at your local Fleet Farm, Farm & Fleet, Tractor Supply, Lowe's, Home Depot, or other stores.  In my experience, I've found the best safety boots are made by Red Wing Shoes.  They combine safety with exceptional comfort.
  I've got an old hand-me-down chainsaw that I use.  In fact, it is at least 40 years old.  That's older than me!  It still works great, but it weighs a ton.  If you are in the market for a new saw; I just want to mention something.  The Husqvarnas they sell at Lowe's are made by Poulan.  There's nothing wrong with a Poulan saw, but you should be aware that you are paying extra for the pretty orange plastic and Husqvarna label.
  Now on to splitting equipment.  If you are anything like me you are poor and that means you aren't going to be running out and buying some fancy gas powered log splitter by Husky, Ryobi, or even MTD.  You're going to use the good old splitting maul, maybe some wedges and a sledge.  Hard work is good for the soul.  I use both an Estwing Sure Split and a Graintex Wood Blaster.  Personally, I prefer the Graintex Wood Blaster.  It's the pyramid-style wedge.  They start easier, and are easier to drive in straight. 

7 comments:

  1. My father chops wood using an axe. He makes it for our fireplace we have at home.
    It's so warm and cosy!
    Mesty =)

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  2. Following you man, looking forward to reading more like this.

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  3. Man I wish it would get cold enough to have to chop wood for the winter where I live...

    Very unique blog, I like it.

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  4. yea dude ur blog is cool
    that be fuking awesome! but its fucking hot where i live

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  5. I enjoy spliting wood but hate the loading and unloading the trailer thing

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