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Splitting oak firewood
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john    Posted 09-15-2003 at 18:57:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Could anyone tell me when is the best time to split oak firewood, soon after it's cut, or after letting it season a few months.Thanks


Scott    Posted 09-08-2004 at 11:13:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I picked up some Oak in the gated community where I live (had a firewood permit). It was already quite dry. And yes, it was very difficult to split. However, I discovered a way to handle this problem. Use a chain saw and cut a line about two inches deep into one end of the log. With a fresh blade, this can be accomplished in about twenty seconds.

Then hit the top of the log firmly with a splitting ax (one with a heavy head) and make sure the point of your axe impacts that line directly. If you hit it dead on, the log will split on the first attempt. And after that, it is relatively easy to split the two sections into quarters.

When I set up logs to split, I now cut a groove into all of the logs that look like they might pose me trouble. This saves me a lot time and energy.

Sincerely,

Scott


GregWis    Posted 09-16-2003 at 11:26:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
As the sign said above a lumberjack camp we used to visit in the U.P. of Michigan...chop your own wood, it will warm you twice. :)


Willy-N    Posted 09-16-2003 at 08:16:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sooner the better. As it drys it will get harder to split. I waited on some Maple once boy it sure was harder to split then the green was. Mark H.


Les    Posted 09-15-2003 at 19:19:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oak (red oak at least) splits about as easy as anything except maybe ash.
Split it when it's green if you have a choice.


Ron from IL    Posted 09-16-2003 at 07:22:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, Les, I agree for two reasons:

1.) It splits easier when green.

2.) It seasons (dries) quicker in smaller pieces.

Ron


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