Look at this pic.These are 9-10" in length and can easily be split with one whack of an Hatchet or Bowie Knife, if they are longer, half them with a Chop Saw, don't have one...borrow one.
An Axe would be better, don't have one, get one.
Do you have a bowie type knife, if not Get One, you can try batonning, I teach this skill to the scouts when processing wet wood for a fire, I was teaching my Son Stephen to baton a few weeks ago.
When batonning you just keep halfing every half, look at the pic.
This gives you Tinder, Kindling, and fuel wood.
- This fire was started with a cottonball with vaseline and a spark from a firesteel
Its hard to give advice when I don't know someones skill level, I can immediately have an idea of someones skill level just by the way they hold a knife or stand with an Axe in hand.
If you plan on burning sticks, you need to learn fire management and before that you need to learn how to process wood, these skills are a must for a successful fire. These are basic skills that anyone can learn.
I do not mean to offend but rather offering a suggestion, If you continue to have problems, maybe stickburning isn't for you and you should look into other methods.
If you want to continue, I will do everything I can to help just as other dedicated SMF memebers will.
- Next time you are out somewhere in the woods or a park with a lot of trees, pick up all those little branches for kindling or take a road trip after a heavy windstorm and pick up all those dead branches, I do!
- Have any friends, Family, Neighbors with trees, ask them to save their trimmings and call you to pick them up.
- See a guy cutting a tree down or trimming, ask him if you can take some, they are usually happy to see some one haul their trash.
- Call local farms ask if you can have their end of year trimmings, from Peach and cherry trees, just make sure they don't spray.
- Ask trees service workers to snag a few branches.
- You are only limited to your own imagination.