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Wedge splitting

Using wedges to split firewood.

Our latest firewood logs turned out to be a real challenge for the Chopper 1.

The problem was the axe getting stuck more often than not.

The solution was to break out the wedges and baby sledge hammer.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Is that elm wood? Elm was at one time one of the most common standing deadwood trees on our farm due to dutch elm disease and I have lots of experience splitting it. It is one of the worst woods I've ever had to split. In observing the grain of the elm tree you will notice that it is not straight but twisted. If you observe standing dead elm trees you can sometimes see a twisted nature to them. I figured it must have something to do with the way they grow. Good wood to burn, not su fun to split.
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