Log Splitter Use - Cutting Wood to Burn in Fireplace
We burn wood in our home. Our furnace pushes the wood-warmed air through our ductwork.
Last week, there was a sudden severe storm and several of our trees lost branches. One of the branches was quite large, so it was cross cut into lengths that would fit in our wood stove.
Then, I picked them up and transported them across the yard with the four wheeler and small trailer our log splitter is kept near the wood that we have split and stacked.
The splitting process:
Pick up wood chunk and place it in the area between the wedge and the end of the splitter.
Once the chunk is positioned so that the wedge will press against the center of the chunk, the wedge is pressurized by pressing the joystick towards the chunk of wood.
The wedge will them pin the chunk between itself and the end. Since the chunk has layers, it will split apart, leaving two pieces of wood. Sometimes, the process is repeated on the halves to make them smaller again.
Eventually, the pieces get lifted and placed in an organized fashion on a row. The wood is left to dehydrate. Sometimes, up to a year or two. Dry wood burns much cleaner than wet, fresh wood.