Split Your Own Firewood and Save
I thought I would begin this blog with some comments about my personal experience regarding firewood. Our family lives in northwest Montana and we have been heating our home with a woodstove for over a decade. Over the years I’ve tried numerous ways of preparing enough firewood to last through the winter.
Standing dead trees are plentiful in our area so that has never been a problem. A pick-up truck and a chainsaw and a good stand of trees means that anyone can cut enough wood for their needs. If you buy firewood, it is always significantly less expensive to buy “rounds” (logs needing to be split). So, if you cut your own or buy rounds, the hard part is always splitting the logs to a dimension that will accommodate your woodstove or fireplace.
For years I split all my wood using a heavy maul and a wedge. I deluded myself that the exercise was good for me, but that kind of strenuous work performed once or twice each year can do more damage that it’s worth. If you’re not in great physical shape, swinging a maul and fighting your way through 5-6 cords of firewood is a daunting task. There had to be a better solution.
Buying a log splitter
I finally decided that with all the money I save not using our furnace, buying a log splitter made sense. Once I convinced myself that this was a good idea, I did what most people do; I drove down to Home Depot and priced their log splitters. As you might imagine, the sticker shock for a gas powered log splitter was a heart-stopper.
I decided to do a little research before I spent all that money and the more I read and talked to people, the more I realized that I didn’t need a gasoline powered log splitter. I had no intention of towing a log splitter into the woods so the idea of getting an electric log splitter made the most sense. And better still, electric splitters cost half or less than a gasoline splitter. I was sold on that decision. Then I began researching electric log splitters.
Choosing an electric log splitter
I did what most of us do at such a time, I cruised the Internet reading reviews and watching videos about electric log splitters. There seemed to be 3-4 manufacturers that got all the press and I focused on them. After narrowing down all the pros and cons of different models, I finally chose the Woodeze 7 ton electric log splitter.
I chose this model for a number of reasons, but especially because the 7-ton electric model is more powerful than other similar electric firewood splitters. I have used it to split logs up to 20″ long and up to 12″ in diameter.
I have recommended the Woodeze 7 ton electric log splitter to many friends because I couldn’t be happier with it’s performance and ease of use – and the price was 1/3 of what comparable gas models sell for. If you cut firewood for a living, this probably isn’t your best choice, but if you are a homeowner and need to split wood for your personal use, you can’t do better than the Woodeze 7 ton electric log splitter.