- Talk to me about axes…….
Gransfors Bruks look lovely, but they are expensive amd i don’t see any professionals using them.
Hatchet for kindling stuff, maul for splitting.
I use a bill hook for kindling, partly because I already had it but also because you can cleave with it like you would with a throe.
My preference is for wooden handles as I can replace them if need be and as I find the fibreglass things a bit flexyPosted 5 years agosweepyMember
Theres not much nicer than a gransfors, but for a woodburner you need a splitting maul, cheap as you like cos it will break anyway, every ten years or so. Couple that with a cheap steel shaft hatchet for the kindling. You don’t want either of them sharp, they will split better blunt, wont stick, and if you catch your finger you have a bruise rather than a cut. And you can just leave them in the block and they’re there when you need them.Posted 5 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I have big burly, cheap plastic handled splitting axe (shoulda bought a wooden handled one…)Posted 5 years ago
I have sharper old skool from second hand shop, proper nice wood handled mid-sized axe. Don’t use it much.
And a used weekly wee hatchet from Husqvarna and it is ace…much better than the £25 I paid for it suggests…bigblackshedSubscriber
Now I’ve got the stove working nicely, my thoughts are turning to “how do I prep wood and logs to burn on it”. I’ve already bought about a tonne of oak off cuts from a local timber frame building maker, but I’ll soon need to prep some of it in to kindling / smaller pieces for lighting the stove.
So, what axe? Hatchet or proper “here’s Johny” job? Looked at a few in the local DIYs and they all seem like cheap junk. I’m a buy it once kind of guy.
Any recommendations???Posted 5 years agoLoCoMember
Picked up a Bahco splitting axe, 6lbs I think, not too pricey but good quality and helix ‘grenade’ with a couple of wedges, which deal with pretty much anything including tree truck sections of about 2ft X 1ft, when used in conjunction with a sledgehammer for wedges.
Keep them nice and sharp and clean remember you steel toe cap boots 😉Posted 5 years agoGunzMember
I use a wood grenade (link below) with a sledgehammer for the big roundels. It’ll split something about 2ft in diameter and 2ft deep with a few good wollops (great core training) and then I work on the smaller bits with an axe – fully recommended for a tenner.Posted 5 years ago
I found the GB Wildlife Hachet great for splitting up to 9 inch logs, light enough to swing that it does not wear you out, but sharp enough to split logs and make smaller kinderling too, its also the right size for me for taking off small green wood branches too when out in the field logging, they are razor sharp from new and hold an edge very well.
Anything bigger that needs splitting, then I use a cheap splitting axe and wood grenade to do the job, from screwfix.Posted 5 years ago
bigblackshed – Member
I’m still not sure whether to buy cheap and cheerful, replace when it breaks, or buy a tool for life. I think I may have trouble getting a £100 hatchet past The Wife’s spending / sense blockade.
I started with a cheap and chearful, then got drawn in by Gransfors Bruks, never looked back, they are a joy to use in comparison.Posted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
I’ve got a GB Wildlife hatchet, and it’s a beautiful axe, very, very sharp. If I was going to be splitting smaller stuff for kindling as well as general cutting duties, I’d buy one of these: http://www.knife-heaven-shop.com/roselli-r850-roselli-axe-large.htmlPosted 5 years ago
Finnish made beauty, bearded head, so you can choke the axe right behind the cutting edge for trimming, and the edge is a bit thicker than the GB axes, which makes splitting easier.
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