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Back-saving tip for splitting firewood

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by soberups, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Splitting firewood is an excellent way to get excercise and develop a sense of self-reliance, as well as saving money on winter heating costs. But the bending and stooping involved can be very hard on the lower back. The solution to the problem is simple and free. All you need to do is get an old worn-out tire whose inside diameter is slightly smaller than your chopping block. Les Schwab will give these away for free. Set the tire on the block and screw it into the top. When you put a firewood round on the block to be split, the pieces will stay upright inside the tire instead of falling to the ground and requiring you to bend and pick them up. The tire will also protect the handle of your maul from damage if you miss the target. You will want to drill some holes in the bottom of the tire to allow rain water to drain out.

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  2. SOTC

    SOTC Rogue Valley New Member

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    Very clever idea
     
  3. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I really like that idea, but there is something deeply satisfying about bringing a maul down and having the split pieces go flying. :thumbup:
     
  4. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Fire wood heats you everytime you handle it plus when it burns:bluelaugh::bluelaugh:

    jj
     
  5. armedredneck

    armedredneck Oregon Active Member

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    Really good idea. Wish I would've thought of that when I was kid, growing up in a house with only wood heat. We split alot of wood. :banghead:
     
  6. AnthonyNorfleet

    AnthonyNorfleet Oregon Member

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    Nawww, you boys are doing it all wrong. You need a log splitter! You just lift the log onto the beam and work the lever! No flying wood(except for the occasional knot that explodes)
     
  7. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    My dad has one of these and they work great. Definitely the way to go if you're splitting a lot of wood.
     
  8. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    You, sir, are a genius.

    -d
     
  9. SOTC

    SOTC Rogue Valley New Member

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    I'm set in that department:cool:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btdKv18kKBQ
     
  10. michaels

    michaels oregon Active Member

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    I like it.

    When I was 10 my dad gave me a cart for hauling wood for my birthday.

    His birthday is coming up ;)
     
  11. bcp

    bcp SW WA Member

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    You can also just stack 2 or 3 tires on the ground, then stand your wood inside to split.

    Bruce
     
  12. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    My dad taught me that trick when i was about 14! In fact, it works so well that you don't even really need a chopping block, just some hard-packed dirt underneath.
     
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    joe k SE Portland Member

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    SavageGerbil Salem, OR Active Member

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    And here I thought we were gonna see a video of a freshly drilled hole and an M80
     
  15. kenno

    kenno eastern WA Active Member

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    I've been splitting fire wood sinced the 1970's and NO ONE ever mentioned this!
    It took 40 years to think of this? I feel so ashamed!
     
  16. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    got the little electric splitter from harbor freight 159 on sale, it has split wood for 4 family's for 4 yrs and counting.
     
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    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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  19. unionguy

    unionguy Portland Active Member

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    Genius idea! Thank you!

    And, finally, something JustJim and I can agree on to boot!:laugh:
     
  20. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    In the interest of full disclosure, I need to say that this wasn't "my" idea, I heard about it from someone else and just decided to pass it along.

    I have always been a fan of tips and tricks that are simple, cheap and easy. Anybody can come up with a complicated solution to a problem; true genius involves coming up with a simple solution to the problem instead.