I’m such a fan of this log splitter!
I’d never seen such a thing before!
I had a HUGE pile of logs waiting to be split. My winter preparations this year are based on issues I had last year, which include my furnace going out twice, and each time I had to wait a week for the needed part to come in. Meanwhile, it was pretty cold at my house. I didn’t have enough wood laid in–due to my reliance on the free gas and my furnace–and if not for my neighbor helping me out with wood, I would have been even colder. Not this year. I probably have enough wood for two winters, if not more. I’m over-preparing, but after last winter, I’d rather be over-prepared than under-prepared.
I also have a new gas wall heater, which will be installed soon. It doesn’t require electricity to run. So if the furnace goes out, between the wall heater and the wood stove, I should stay warm, even in a power outage.
My hired men split some of the wood with a maul, and some with a small log splitter, but it was frustrating and they aren’t much into hand-splitting. (I can’t blame them.) I thought about buying a log splitter, but they’re very expensive and wood is really only a backup source of heat, so investing in a log splitter made me uneasy. (There are other things that need to be done on the farm, so it didn’t make it to the top of my priority list.) I thought about waiting until the holidays when some other young backs would be available to pitch in–my two sons, my daughter’s boyfriend. Maybe if I divided up the wood and asked everyone to split just a portion of it with a maul, it wouldn’t be too bad. My hired men didn’t like that idea. The wood needed to be split so it could dry properly. I’d already waited pretty late to have the wood cut down from the ridge, which was why they only cut standing dead trees (to give a headstart in drying).
And so they borrowed a trailer and brought over their nice big log splitter.
It was pretty amazing to watch how fast it went through even huge logs.
After splitting, the wood was brought over by the truckload for stacking and to be covered with tarps.
If I’m ever cold this winter, it won’t be because I don’t have enough wood!
(It was a total of six truckloads.)