Appreciate that the summer is not the time to ask advice about logs! but we bought a load of olive logs last October. In April we bought a shiny new log splitting axe. This just bounced off the olive logs as if it was hitting steel! Does anyone have advice of how to split these logs.
Also tips of how to keep a log fire going. We had fire lighter, kindling plus olive logs - finally on about the fourth attempt, having smoked out the house, we managed to light it using lots of kindling.
Message posted by Kernowman on 16áJuneá2011 at 11:13am - IP Logged
I am absolutely useless on getting our fire started,my expert Amanda starts with screwing up paper on the grate,fire lighters on top and then the kindling, after this she puts on a couple of small thin bits of olive wood until you have a good bit of red ash, then the bigger bits go on.
She always has the house like a sauna doing this, and its excellent when its a bit cool on a night.
If the fire does start dying down, our other expert Steph uses her inbuilt bellows to blow through the open vent and this normally gets the fire started again!!!
Message posted by tony and leigh on 16áJuneá2011 at 2:15pm - IP Logged
If your logs are large with lots of knots in them you'll have major problems splitting them. If they have no knots they should split fine, practice and a good swing with a long handled axe did it for me.
Hitting across the grain just makes the axehead bounce!
Hit with the grain and the wood will split easily.
Log size needs a corresponding axe size of course.
Good exercise, too!! And yes, if your log has come from a junction on a trunk or a branch there will be no single grain so either a power saw or mechanical wedge is best.
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