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Hand split wood green or seasoned?

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  1. ryan a

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    D9CE362F-7071-4B0F-84EF-3AFDA124244C.jpeg A0EBC8C7-123E-44D2-B473-200C4CCD5221.jpeg All by hand, green. Nothing like the crack of a one hit split on straight grain oak.
     
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    All I know is a maul. Stupid enough not to know any different and I split and sell a little on the side. Started out with this hardware store Maul, moved to a fiskars shortly after.
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    Try the Fiskars X27. You'll be amazed...
     
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    I have the fiskars maul and no complaints. 9FBEC9D0-E23B-499D-9ABB-FCE224B66BDF.jpeg
     
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    Swing the X27. Much easier. Swing it all day.
    You'll thank me later...
    X27 good for 90% of the rounds you split.
     
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    Find a bigger tire so you can do more at a time. I have a 30 inch low profile truck tire. Cut the tire from the rim lip over the side wall, across the tread right through to the other rim edge so that it is a "C" shape instead of on "O' shape for stretch-fitting with rounds and for easier unloading.
     
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    Yes, it will dry faster. Keep your wood in rounds only for backup if you get surplus stock if you've got too much wood coming in and you have to conserve space.
     
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    Use American elm, it will never split if your axe keeps passing through the split logs and hitting the chopping block
     
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    3799B10E-F1B7-4E04-8077-4291CCD3F2F6.jpeg 08BD9201-09D2-42BC-A72F-96F8416E37FB.jpeg 02895C2F-6C31-4BAB-BD33-EA33612DFEB4.jpeg Split a bunch of this. Was told it’s ash on AS? Hell on my chains, threw some Sparks as I noodled some of the crotches with the 620p/28”Stihl bar.
     
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    Does it split with an Ax or maul?
     
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    Oh, and hand split with my Fiskars Maul..
     
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    Looks like Ash. Lol
     
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    First pic, the fiskars is in the middle. Don’t own a spiltter and I sell a little bit of wood here and there for extra money. Scrounge wood off FB marketplace or grab what the township/utility company leaves when they cut.
     
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    I think so.

    Again, just pick up scrounged wood, split, and sell. Good side gig. I’m A public school teacher not making a ton of $$. Every bit helps.

    I enjoy the excersize and nothing like the crack of a one hit split with the maul.
     
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    I do the same Ryan. Hand splitting gets rid of frustrations and is good exercise. Lol
     
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    Same here, hand split all my wood. I have a maul I use to split big rounds into manageable quarters and eighths, then I use an x25 to split those chunks into firewood sized pieces. Most of what I get has really straight grain. The wood that is knotty or too hard to split gets noodled. I'm still in the honeymoon phase with firewood so this may change.
    Aside from generating heat, its about getting exercise and straightening out the space between my ears - my wife calls it chainsaw therapy.

    I forgot to add, I split it as soon as I can. If its green, it gets split. I have a lot to learn so that may change too..
     
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    I split all my wood green as well. To me it's much easier.
     
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    What little splitting that I do by hand gets done right away, almost never season first.
     
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    Why is it easier?
     
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