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Best wood to split
« on: March 15, 2014, 02:30:08 AM »
The three types of wood on my land to choose from are Oak, Mesquite, and Elm.  I do all my splitting with an 8 pound maul so the type of wood I cut is based on how easy it will split.  For me Mesquite is a dream to split.  Next would be Oak which isn't too bad as long as it doesn't have too many knots or twist.  Last would be Elm, which I avoid like the plague.  The last time I tried to split Elm the maul just bounced like I was hitting a basketball. :D 

Since these are the only trees I have experience with I'd like to know which types of trees are easy and which are hard to split where you're from.

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Re: Best wood to split
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2014, 05:50:33 AM »
beech or poplar

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Re: Best wood to split
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2014, 06:16:05 AM »
I always thought that a good straight ash log was the easiest splitting wood.  Makes decent firewood too.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2014, 06:34:53 AM »
Ash&soft maple. I splitwood_smiley about a ranger load a day in the winter for us and a few others unless the splitter is on the job. I pull some dead stuff with the skidder when i find it and pile it. End of the day I split a load.
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Re: Best wood to split
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2014, 08:08:14 AM »
Glenn,beech, :o  Must be a diffeant beech than one I have. Beech kinda splits like yellow birch.
I would have to say young red oak. We never cut much of it,only if it was in the way. We mostly cut white maple. Than I got my own place and we started to thin out some beech.

jargo432,the way we use to split elm,was to leave it behind the shed for a year,To get the life out of it,my Father would say. This was big elm too,we never got much of it.
We use to split with iron wedges too. Sometimes we would have to split wood in 4 foot lengths to load it onto a trailer.
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Re: Best wood to split
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2014, 08:20:50 AM »
For any heating value ash. Can be burned the same day it is cut and it will burn. Better dry but if you have to burn green wood ash is the choice here. I have burned lots of green wood and if the coals get too low it can be a problem getting a strong fire going again. Find a piece of ash in the pile, split it fine and even though it is as green as the rest you will have a strong fire soon. Splits like a dream green or dry compared to any of the other species that give decent heat.
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2014, 08:28:03 AM »
I would say red oak was the easiest wood to split that we burn.  Jargo, on that Elm try slabbing it off around the edges. ( hit it on the growth rings instead of the rays)

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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2014, 09:29:23 AM »
thanks, I'll try that.
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Re: Best wood to split
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2014, 09:33:08 AM »
I agree with the mesquite. Nice, clear pieces of mesquite are very easy to split and oak isn't bad either. Pecan is difficult and stringy especially if it's wet.

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Re: Best wood to split
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2014, 11:12:25 AM »
Ash is my easiest species to split, but I avoid it because it makes so many ashes.  Red Oak is by far my preference, both for splitting and heat output.  I believe that Red Oak ashes burn up because there are very few to carry out.
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2014, 05:06:27 PM »
Rob, good to see someone else here from North Texas.
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Re: Best wood to split
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2014, 06:44:12 PM »
straight grained clear wood is the easiest to split, but it should be a sawlog then.


as for species, (no mesquite here)  red oak hands down, cause even with knots it pops


maple and poplar even pine split better than oak with straight no knots

try any of those with knots or forks ouch, pine forks and knots yowee

hickory straight is ok but stringy, and elm just rip it instead

good clear straight red oak will see ya acummin with a maul and pop itself apart to save you the trouble
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2014, 10:34:51 PM »
Rob, good to see someone else here from North Texas.

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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2014, 12:37:54 PM »
Elm is the reason log splitters were invented.  :D  If I had to split a lot of elm for heating each winter, I would most certainly use a splitter and allow my maul and wedges to gather some dust.  The others mentioned are good fun and exercise with a maul, and you can get a lot of wood split in a reasonable amount of time.  But I don't swing at elm any longer.   
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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2014, 01:41:15 PM »
Holy crap it rained in N .TX today!  I'm building an ark.
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I know, we got at least an inch of rain here in Jack county.  I was just out checking if all this wind is drying me out enough to get my pickup back to the barn so I can cut some wood.
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Re: Best wood to split
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2014, 05:16:35 PM »
Did you ever see the scene in the movie Frankenstein when the villagers are chasing him with torches and he reacts with fright & terror? Thats how I feel about hand splitting firewood.

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« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2014, 07:46:47 PM »
Red Oak is the easiest I split.
Gum is the worst. It just rips.
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Re: Best wood to split
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2014, 08:01:10 PM »
As general information EAB killed ash is not as easy to split as one would think .Obviously Ohio ash does not produce as much ashes as Mississippi ash trees either .I'm not certain weather grits has anything to do with that or not .

Elm as previously mentioned was what  neccessitated  the invention of the hydraulic splitter .Short of that noodling with a chainsaw is the best method .

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« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2014, 01:08:35 PM »
I like to split red oak with my fiskars, its like a hot knife through soft butter

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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2014, 05:46:40 PM »
ash and cherry are easiest for my processor, we have some type of swamp type oak that gets a little stringy like elm, I will ask my logging company next time I get some to see what it is. Dieselsteve, what part of Michigan are you?  I am in Kalkaska


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