Best Maul For Splitting Firewood?

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  1. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    What is the best maul for splitting firewood?
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  2. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    Winfield
    I don't know, but have you looked into an electric or gas splitter? We have an electric one, and it's great! We got too old to swing a sledgehammer. [​IMG]
     
  3. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    There are monster mauls that are supposed to split wood easily. I don't think the average wood splitting person would be able to swing it too many times.

    I have a fiberglass handle maul that is about eight pounds I think. Fiberglass because occasionally you miss.

    Similar to this one:

    http://www.columbussupply.com/products/?productid=410

    You should also have two or more wedges and a sledge hammer.


    Like the above poster said, a log splitter is pretty good but go for more power and a solid wedge. One that splits horizontal or vertical is nice. Keeps you from having to lift the heavy logs up to the tray.
     
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  4. TedJan92_in_Idaho

    TedJan92_in_Idaho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What works well for me will not work for you. Or at least maybe not. I use a 15 lb maul. I have worked as a laborer all my life and am 260 lbs, 6'4". In good physical shape. You may need a lighter maul. I can swing mine all day and have a good nights sleep.
     
  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    I just bought a new one. Looks like a large single bit ax with a wedge made into it. Hard to explain, but I like it. I always liked a large single bit ax for splitting wood, but was getting a little old for it.
    This one is a "True Temper" brand, fiberglass handle with a rubber grip, very easy to hold and a good "feel" to it. The downside is it's made in Tiawan, probably won't hold an edge long.

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    Edited to add; this one is only a 4# head, whole things is around 6 or 7 pounds I'm guessing. I'm a fair sized feller, 6' 5" and around 224 pounds, but after a heart attack last January and several other health problems I'll admit..... I swing like a little girl nowadays. [​IMG]

    My old 12 pounder was just .... Let's just say I wasn't man enough to swing the darn thing anymore. [​IMG]
     
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  6. wsmoak

    wsmoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have the third one down on this page: http://www.bissettnursery.com/hardgoods/Striking/hg_strik_axe.htm (Ludell 12304)

    The head is shaped like the one mississippifarmboy posted. The 4lb head seems to be just the right weight -- DH can split nearly *anything* with it, but I can still handle it and split easy to moderately difficult logs.

    The handle is long enough that if I miss, it's going to hit the ground and not swing back to shatter my shin bone.

    But... we just bought a Grizzly electric splitter. [​IMG]

    -Wendy
     
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  7. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2010
    Muskegon
    I use 2 different ones. one is a heavy Maul with a flat head so that if I turn it around I can use it with the litte sharp edgie thingy for splitting big logs and knots. Then I have a lighter axe once I have the round piece split and i use that to make the small pieces.
     
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree--do not buy one of those electric splitters--they aren't worth the powder to blow them up. I have a good hydrolic splitter that does both horizontal and vertical splitting but prefer the 8 lb fiberglass handled maul, especially if the wood is dry and not cross-grained. I'm 73 and like the exercise that comes with splitting wood--as long as I don't have to do a lot of it, then the gas-powered splitter gets used. If the weather is right--not too warm and out of the wind--I'll split wood for an hour or so, there is something satisfying about starting with one piece of wood and turning it into two with one swing.
     
  9. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] My wife made me put gas logs in the fireplace! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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