Rather than wearing yourself out with an ax, you can split more wood with much less effort by using a log splitter.
They work by focusing a great amount of pressure against a small surface area to split logs apart.
This pressure is measured in tonnage, and choosing the right log splitter tonnage will depend upon the size and density of the log(s) you're looking to split.
|Green vs. Seasoned |
Green logs are freshly cut and still retaining their moisture. They'll look slightly green or yellow in color compared to seasoned wood that looks more brown.
Freshly fallen wood is very moist and difficult to cut, so it takes more tonnage (or a little more time aging) to split through it effectively.
As wood ages, the moisture inside slowly evaporates, making it more brittle. As a result, older firewood splits and burns much more easily.
If you plan on splitting green wood, you’ll need either a more powerful log splitter or some old-fashioned, inexpensive patience.