Winged Splitting Axe
This is the best splitting axe I’ve ever used. It was recommended to me by a friend a couple of years ago. The wings that come off the sides of the eight pound head coupled with the narrow leading edge cause the logs to fly apart. Now with our small woodstove in the tiny cottage we burn small logs that can be split with an axe. This was not always so.
Until recently I split wood with wedges and a sledge hammer since our old farm house had a huge wood furnace. The monster would take 42″ long by 14″ diameter logs so splitting wood was rarely necessary. The few times we needed to split logs they were massive pieces so a mere axe was not an option, thus the wedges and hammer.
Cold weather, like these past few days helps too. I had some particularly twisted big pieces of ironwood that I had saved for a day like this. The cold makes the wood more fragile and one blow with the splitting axe shattered a log that had been very frustrating on a warmer day. Shards of wood flying everywhere rather than the normal splitting in half. Quite impressive, wear eye protection.
Outdoors: 9°F/-1°F Overcast, 1″ Snow
Farm House: 52°F/41°F
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/59°F