The process of log splitting is cutting logs into smaller pieces of wood to make them easier to manage and transport. It’s something that’s been done for centuries, to obtain firewood for heating and other household needs.
Trees can be cut down in a variety of ways, but the most efficient practice is to cut the trees into logs that are then split into smaller sections. The size of the log to be split depends upon the desired end product.
Today, with a rise in firewood use for home heating, it’s a common and important process that many people are choosing. It can also help create ornamental or decorative log features and structures like benches and fencing. However, doing it right requires some know-how and skill.
Safety is the first priority when it comes to the process of log splitting. You’ll need to wear the right safety gear, such as protective gloves, eye protection, and a head covering. A face mask is also advised, as some woods can cause you to inhale harmful particles.
You’ll need to select the appropriate type of log splitting tool for the job. This is usually a wedge-shaped tool, driven into the log by either striking it with a heavy mallet or hammering it in with a sledgehammer. The tools used can vary in size, from small splitting tools for a home fireplace to large splitting mauls for larger logs.