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Splitting lumber ends for kindling

Splitting kindlingI figured out what those ends of 2X4s were good for --- kindling!

They split apart into small pieces with a touch of the hatchet, and light like gasoline.

Now I'm wishing I hadn't wasted so many chunks of lumber during my first fire of the year.

It just goes to show that everything has a niche on the homestead, if you only know what it is.

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Pallets make a great source of fire wood. Many places recieve deliveries on them, then have left over to deal with. If the deliveries are heavy objects the pallets tend to have thicker [better] wood slats. Many of the pallets are hard wood, oak.

There are tools folks have created that makes taking the slats off the 2x4's a simple task. Then a skill saw can cut your free firewood to size.

BTW, it looks like you avoided Sandy's snow and heavy rain.

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