How to Split Firewood by Hand
Here's to home heating the old-fashioned way
Now that I’ve got a woodstove, I’d like to split firewood by hand. Any pointers? —Jeff Gaumond, East Hartland, CT
A maul works great for splitting smaller logs, but you’ll need a sledgehammer and a wedge, like the ones shown here, to split the big stuff. Just be sure to wear safety glasses to keep splinters out of your eyes, heavy boots to shield your feet, and ear plugs or muffs to protect your hearing. And if a wedge head is mushroomed, like these are, take a moment to grind off the overhanging metal. Otherwise, sharp metal shards can break off and shoot out like bullets each time you strike the wedge.