Splitting logs is normally the second part of the process of preparing your fuel after you have cut your logs to the correct length for your stove. To achieve this we use log splitters, these come in many forms, ranging from the Axe right through to the powerful petrol driven hydraulic log splitters.
Like everything in life, you have to take a step back and give some thought about which type of log splitter will suit your needs now, but more importantly in the future.
I started out with an Axe, but I don’t have a brilliant back these days, so I progressed onto a manual log splitter which was great but still caused back discomfort after an hour so of use, however I have retained this splitter as it’s good for making kindling! I then moved onto a manual hydraulic splitter which was great improvement and did a great job.
Then I had the opportunity to get a lot more logs than ever before and realised that the manual hydraulic log splitter would just take too long to process the larger quantities of logs. So I invested in an electric hydraulic log splitter and have never looked back, and am now splitting around 8 tons of logs every year.
The moral of this story is to not only look at your present needs but take into account what you might need in the future, wish I had taken my own advice!
There are also petrol driven hydraulic log splitters which although more expensive are more powerful than the electric powered offerings, these petrol powered examples would also be perfect if you are splitting your logs where there is no mains power supply available.
As you can imagine all of these log splitters are dangerous by there very nature, not only to the operator but also to other people in the vicinity including pets, so care must be exercised when using any of them.
Always be aware of who is around when you are using your log splitter, and at the very least wear steel toe capped boots, good gloves and eye protection.
Finally, if I were to recommend a good machine for splitting logs I would suggest Forest master because both of my hydraulic log splitters are made by them, they are robust, well made and their customer service is second to none.