-Ever looked at the kindling cracker?
Never heard of it but after watching some youtube vids it looks like a great product. Only concern I have is if the kindling cracker blade is perhaps to thick and it can't dig into the wood. That seems to be the problem I am having with the Husky Maul Axe. I do not have a stump to put the wood on. I've tried chopping it on the dirt ground, and I've tried chopping it on the patio's concrete slab. Maybe the split wood needs to be on a stump before I chop it? But if so why isn't the maul axe biting into it even more when I try to chop it on concrete?
-How do you like your Karubecue? I've read the Amazing Ribs review a couple of times, seems like a very unique design to get really clean smoke. Share some pics sometime if you get a chance!
I really enjoy the Karubecue and I'm glad I purchased it instead of a green egg. I love how much space I have inside the KBQ. Once the heat wave/ fire season started here in the LA County / Ventura County area I haven't used it because of the wood splitting issue. Also if I'm going to use the Karubecue during the fire season I must go around and remove any dead leaves brush etc. 5 days ago the heat wave died down so I'm preparing to start back up again and develop a better kindle creating method. Right now I just chainsaw the wood, and with how thick the wood is it would be ideal if I could split those already split pieces one more time to get them a bit thinner. I don't have any new pics at the moment but I should once the kindling issue is solved. I don't think its that easy to get hickory out here. Red & White Oak firewood is the most available type of woods in this area.
-I use a Fiskars splitting axe, the biggest one, and a sliding compound mitre saw from Harbor Freight to cut my splits down to size for my Lang 48, it works very well. I only use Hickory, which may not be as hard as oak, but it still works well on seasoned splits.
I wish now looking back that I got the Fiskar Axe. I think the Husky Maul Axe's blade is too wide and it can't wedge itself into the wood. Do you think this is the reason why I'm not able to split the red oak firewood, or is it due to the surface that the wood is resting on? I like the sliding compound meter saw better than the chainsaw because you create less wood chips and sawdust because the sliding compound mitre saw's blade is thinner than the chainsaw's.
-Are you using a chopping block or just on the ground?
I tried on the dirt ground, and on the concrete patio slab.
-I second on the kindling cracker - easy to do at the end of the day when you're tired and don't want to wind up overstriking, understriking, or picking up your toes and putting them in a cup of ice to go to the ER.
Thank you for this feedback. The more I think about it the kindling cracker is a lot safer than an axe for sure.
What is strange is that putting the wood on concrete didn't allow the axe to bite into it anymore than on the dirt. I guess I will ask the guy I bought the firewood off of if he has a stump for sale.
I will keep the hydraulic splitter in mind, but I hope I can get this kindling created with either a chopping block, or a different splitting device.