that's why I take a break after 10- 15 minutes.
it doesn't all have to be done at once I can get better results with a chopper and minimal effort, A maul would be a good choice for an experienced individual splitting a lot of large logs 8" - 14" or so.
common sense and safety practices go a long way. tiring yourself out trying is not safe. True, but suggesting that maul to someone who is obviously inexperienced is not something I would do, regardless of taking breaks. If Dan decides that an 8 pound maul will safely split a 3" diameter log he may end up in the E.R.
to each his own... , I don't think the small hatchet he bought it the right tool for the job. No it is not.
You have to remember that Dan is talking about splitting three inch splits, not logs, I think using an 8lb. Splitting Maul would be unsafe.
So I have to disagree with your suggestion of the Splitting Maul... sorry.
I'm just looking out for the safety of a fellow member.