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Peter B 09-24-2013 02:21 PM

How do you split your wood?
I am still fairly new to my offset cooker and I have tried different tools/methods for creating small splits for my firebox. However, I don't recall seeing a thread on this and I am curious what approach other people are using to split their wood.

Currently, I use a splitting maul to split my rounds into wedges. Then I use a large knife and a baton ( a large stick ) to baton out small splits from the wedges.

The Batonning method is a bit of work and I was wondering if there is an easier method to cut out 1" - 2" splits from the wedges.

JohnnyP 09-24-2013 02:46 PM

With leverage.

Teamfour 09-24-2013 02:54 PM


smokinit 09-24-2013 03:01 PM

The wife does it:loco:

cpw 09-24-2013 03:08 PM

Find yourself a log splitter, or rent one from a rental yard.

Bludawg 09-24-2013 03:19 PM

With a Mexican Wood Splitter... Man-u-el. Axe, Wedge & sledge and a Maul and some old tires of the 64 Cheby.:becky:

Peter B 09-24-2013 03:23 PM


Originally Posted by JohnnyP (Post 2636013)

What is the name of that tool? That looks so much more effective than battoning with a large knife.

Terry The Toad 09-24-2013 03:31 PM

I use a splitting maul to split large pieces. I then use a hatchet and a small sledge-hammer to split into smaller pieces.

Yellowhair42 09-24-2013 03:31 PM


Originally Posted by Peter B (Post 2636056)
What is the name of that tool? That looks so much more effective than battoning with a large knife.

It's a froe.

tpope 09-24-2013 04:19 PM

28 ton gas powered hydraulic splitter to get it small enough to use a maul. I use a maul when 1 solid whack will do the trick. I own the splitter because I and my 73 YO Dad heat our homes with wood. You can rent one for a weekends use and be done splitting wood for a long time when you are only feeding your smoker.

ButtBurner 09-24-2013 04:42 PM

to cut the splits down to smoker size, I just use a plain old axe.

simple enough.

a knife is for steaks

a baton is for cheerleaders.

Diesel Dave 09-24-2013 04:48 PM

I either use the splitter if we're splitting fire wood that day or a small axe

dobdabomb 09-24-2013 04:51 PM

Fiskars X7 and X27

superlazy 09-24-2013 04:51 PM

Pappy 09-24-2013 04:54 PM

I use a Slide Hammer Log Splitter. I only split what I need to cook with. They sell them on Amazon for about $40. I like to make stuff & weld, so I made one for free.

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