This was a tough summer for my husband and I. Before I had surgery to remove a tumor, I got pretty weak and eventually could barely walk. He had to do double duty...I think I might have got down to the garden twice...and only for about 1/2 hour at a time. A lot of things that normally would be completed by now, did not get down...so he is scrambling to try to catch up before the snow flies....which is very very soon...we have already had a few flakes fall.
So I decided to surprise him and try to lift a burden from him. I purchased a manual hydraulic wood splitter from Harbor Freight....As I was being wheeled into surgery, I told him that a surprise was going to be delivered to him the next morning...
And it's a dandy...not only does he like it...but I can use it also...it is a heavy little thing, but it really works well...sure beats splitting wood by hand...and the other advantage is this....you don't need any gasoline....great for a teotwawki situation. Now all we need to do is get the blocks hauled from the top of the hill down to the house...Once we get it all stacked, we can just split enough wood for a few days use. We tarp our porch and place the wood on it..that way we just walk out the kitchen door and can get our wood...and its protected from the weather...not exactly pretty...but pretty convenient. Beside we live in a fairly remote place and NO ONE comes back here during the winter...and for that part...hardly anyone comes back here in the summer either! hahahahahaha!
This year we have blocks, but they still need split because we have a wood burner in our house and it has a small burner box.
This is a piece of red oak, a hardwood, about 1 1/2 foot long.
Now you take one of the tall handles, either one will do, and start working it back and forth....it takes NO EFFORT at all...
Here is the wedge part of the wood splitter, piercing the wood.
A couple more cranks and the wood begins to split.
And now its split in two.
Here is a pic of the front of the woodsplitter. The knob on the top is what you turn when you want the splitter to open back up so you can place a new piece of wood in...