Splitting Wood

Most homesteads that want to be more self sufficient will at least to some degree burn wood. Not everywhere needs to heat with it, I heat with it most of the winter but it really needs below 40 F.

Today I started on a pile that should have been done a year ago.


I should fix my log splitter but I hate the noise and don’t want to burn the gas. 

A maul is my preferred tool.


However a wedge and sledgehammer are necessary for the tougher pieces.

Even though it happened by coincidence, one thing I like about the cart I use for hauling split wood automatically measures the wood insuring the wood is short enough to get in my stove.

My stove will fit 24” pieces of wood but slightly shorter are nicer. If I stack my wood in the cart perpendicular to the long side of the cart and it fits in the cart, it fits in the wood burning stove.


Knowing the value in knowing the wood in the cart will fit in the stove, if I buy another I will make sure the same idea applies, it really stinks to have a piece 1” too long because I end up trying to get it in the stove it gets partially burnt and I have to take it out bringing a lot of smoke into the room.

On a side note for those that haven’t split wood much, sometimes if the log doesn’t split right away in one direction go a different direction.


It seems the more cracks you have the weaker the log gets including the original place you started to split.

Author: millcreekhomestead

Just a stay at home Dad trying to become more self sufficient in a world getting more dependent. It’s easy to get lost in all the things of the world, sometimes the best therapy is getting your hands dirty and growing something good!

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