Yep, so we just keep plugging away.  Call us ‘cheaters’ because we have a log splitter, but seriously? Do I NEED to split 10-15 cords of wood by hand?  Most folks use chain saws to fell the tree & some split by hand. I don’t see too many people using a two-man saw to fell a tree.  In my opinion, a log splitter is a force multiplier.  It can help you get ahold and ahead of your wood chores. We simply could not do as much without it!

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The log splitter a Powerhouse and is another purchase from Northern Tool.  We had looked around and read as many on-line reviews as we could.  Although splitters aren’t the most expensive piece of equipment out there, they aren’t dirt cheap either.  Plus we needed something reliable – as we are still in the middle of building/creating our homestead and DO NOT need a lemon right out of the box.  I had seen a write up on this particular log splitter in a magazine, that the name escapes me right now.  All of the reviews were highly favorable.

It is assembly REQUIRED!  Comes in a crate and you best have some strong friends or some way to get it off your truck.  If you have a trailer, you may be able to assemble it right there and tow it down your ramp.  At the time we didn’t have a trailer, but had a piece of equipment that was being parked here by our builders and it was something that 2077 could operate.  Fairly quickly we got the crate on the concrete pad and started the process of assembling.  We took longer than the average of 3 hours – more like 8 for us.  It did go together without any problems and started right up.

In our area we mainly have maple, oak, and hickory.  Hickory is by far the hardest wood to ‘split.’  The log splitter more or less tears the wood.  Oak and particularly maple, slightest pressure by the maul and it just POPS – splits right down that line.  Similar as if you tear fabric, it will follow that thread; for those that sew know what I mean.  Hickory is just tough.  Great wood to burn, although will cause sparks in the wood stove when lit.  Maple dries fast, burns pretty hot and burns up faster than oak and hickory.  Hickory throws heat and is consumed medium fast.  To me, oak is a slow burner & doesn’t seem to throw as much heat.  Maybe I’m wrong, or my oak isn’t as dry as it should be.  Between these three species we have a nice selection of hardwoods to burn and seemingly an unlimited supply.  Right now we are harvesting dead wood that has blown over.  We have several dead standing, but we are leaving them up – to dry in place.  Soon, we’ll fell those trees and split them up.

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Our three species: (L) Hickory, (M) Maple, (R) Red Oak

One thing we are learning is that we need to have several YEARS of wood on hand.  We are working on 2017-2018 wood supply now. We want 10 cords.  After we get 10, we will keep on going because we need to start on 2018-2019 supply.  A six month dry time here in Tennessee is adequate, but GOOD wood really needs one year to fully dry.  So, we have to get going now for longer term future needs.