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Unread 01-29-2013, 11:24 PM   #16
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I use my bandsaw. Much safer than a table or miter saw. Goes real fast too. Sorry you don't have one :)
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I bought a 12" blade for my sawzall which can cut through nails embedded in wood. About 5" from HD. Works pretty well.
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I also use a sawzall to make chunks from splits...
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I have a cheap sawzall from Harbor Freight I think I paid $17 for it on sale

been using that for awhile now

I dont have a miter or table or band saw or i would use those instead

could use a circular saw too, clamp the splits in a vice and have at it
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Unread 01-30-2013, 10:01 AM   #20
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I use my bandsaw. Much safer than a table or miter saw. Goes real fast too. Sorry you don't have one :)
I'm sorry I don't have one either :( I would love more shop equipment but my shop just isn't big enough. Oh well.

Thanks for all the tips guys! I think I'll give the miter saw a shot and see how it goes. If not, I'll break out the circular saw I forgot I had
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Unread 01-30-2013, 12:47 PM   #21
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Someone here posted about this electric handsaw a few weeks ago. Might work well.

Black & Decker PHS550B 3.4 Amp Powered Handsaw with Storage Bag
$50.19 at Amazon

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=149805
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If using a miter saw, I'd recommend eye protection and wearing a glove on the hand holding the piece of wood. Also move your blade slowly through the piece, I had a couple kick back on me and destroy my old saw.
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Dang! Such great advice I just bought one of those Black and Deckers for myself.

How do I thank myself on here?
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Unread 01-30-2013, 06:28 PM   #24
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So after the big saturday of splitting wood, I've enough hickory to last me a good long while. The only problem I have now is how to get it cut down to chunks that are usable in my cookers. I've pondered a few of the possibilities and haven't come up with a good way to do it. Power tools WILL be involved though!

Are there any brethren out there that have done this before? How did you get your splits cut down into chunks? Let it be know, I do not currently have access to a chain saw nor would I want to try to cut hundreds of 3" pieces with one..

I do have, however, a small (12" I think) miter saw, jigsaw(not that it would do much good), and hand grinder with wood cutting blade. Anybody think I could make due with just those?
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I cut my wood (rounds) to size and then split with a maul. If you want certain size chunks (2"-5" or larger) cut your rounds to that size and split into chunks. I get my chunks from what I call disk cuts. You don't drop a tree at the very bottom or right next to the ground. Cut it down at a safe working distance lets say 2-3 ft above the ground and cut your disks off that or large limbs or where you get to a lot of knots in you logs.

Be careful and wear safety equipment.
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Unread 01-30-2013, 08:42 PM   #25
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My right foot and a sawzall up on the first step of the deck. same principle as the miter, plus you get a little rush of excitement
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Here is a pic of the splits I'm gonna chunk.

I think I'm set on using the miter saw but will move it outside instead since my shop vac decided to burn out its motor a month ago. I think Saturday is the target project day since it will be little bit warmer and hopefully climb into the 50s. Right now its just too farking cold in the evening to be out in the wind and occasional sleet.

Again, here is the pic of the wood splits. I picked out rounds with what I thought was for sure hickory bark on them and split them myself, so I'm 95% sure this is all hickory. I'll leave the other 5% up to you guys. Please, let me know if you think it is something different and what it otherwise might be. Thanks fellas!
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Unread 01-30-2013, 09:04 PM   #27
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When your cutting, make 3" disks and let them dry, as you need them, a hatchet splits them nicely
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i use my sawzall.
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Unread 01-30-2013, 10:31 PM   #29
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I have broken the fence on my miter saw cutting chunks. be careful if it's a nice one. Also gets a little scary holding a split with a spinning blade so close to your hand.

Thinking of making a fence out of angle iron and adding a hinged foot long handle to hold the splits in place and add a little extra distance between my hand and the blade.
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Bandsaw is the way to go. A miter saw will work, but it isn't very safe.
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