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Splitting Wood Inside a Tire

By: Everett S

Nathan Splitting WoodWhile at Dancing Rabbit our host Nathan shared his tip on splitting wood without wasting time and energy.
I’m all for wood-splitting efficiency so I thought I’d share…

It is important to note that this wood-splitting trick is most helpful for people, like Nathan, with smaller stoves that require a lot of thinly-split pieces. The Jotul we have here can take some decent chunks of wood and when working with larger pieces it may be easier to not use a tire. In fact, I’ve found just splitting them on the ground to work better than using a stump when the ground is frozen. But if you need lots of small split pieces of wood this is a great idea…

By putting all of the wood inside a tire you accomplish several things.

#1 – If you miss the one you’re aiming for you’ll probably hit another one. This saves time and energy, and makes it look like you have really good aim with your maul to hit those little pieces.

#2 – If you miss the entire stack you’ll hit a tire instead of the stump or the ground. This keeps your chopping blocks / stumps around longer and makes it less likely that you’ll hit your foot or leg. It also protects the maul handle, which is good for me since I had to buy two of them last year.

#3 – It keeps all of the split wood in one place instead of having them fly all over the place. This makes clean-up much faster. You can just wrap a bungee cord around them and hall the whole stack away.

Splitting Wood with a Tire

Here’s a great idea for saving time and energy while splitting wood. It’s like playing whack-a-mole.

Category: DIY Projects, How-To, The Transplants

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  1. Tommy says:

    On points #1 and #2…just sounds like you might need to take a breath, focus and aim better 😉

    Point #3 saved this post’s relevance for me. I’ve heard of people using tires but never tried it myself. I’m up for giving it a try and seeing if it works for me!

  2. Hmm says:

    That sounds like a lot of work with a negative return. Points one and two are no existent if you practice and pay attention. Point three is ridiculous. Just let it fly and gather it all at the end. It is much faster and less labor intensive than a tire. I am a college student and split wood for my grandpa since I was 10 or 11. If you can get your aim on a 2 inch log after a half hour of practice, you shouldn’t be chopping wood. I have chopped hundreds of ricks of wood now and never hurt myself once. I don’t think there is any decrease in likelihood of hitting your leg or foot with a maul. Bouncy surfaces are actually more dangerous than the wood.

  3. Everett says:

    Thanks for your input hmm.

    I’ve added to the post to make it clear that this is a trick really meant to be used for splitting wood into thin pieces – the type that are too small to really stand well on a stump without support, and which are more difficult to aim for even after hours of practice.

    When you get a little older you’ll understand why people might prefer to wrap a bungee cord around a stack of split wood and haul it off in a few seconds as opposed to fifteen minutes spent bending over again and again to pick up wood from the ground.

    Good luck with your education and thanks again for your input.

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