To start a nice fire, good firewood is of course a must. You can buy firewood in different sizes. But it is also possible to create your own firewood. If you have a fallen tree in the garden or a bag of large tree trunks, then a good splitting axe is obviously handy and necessary to make safe firewood for the garden fireplace. But what is the best (splitting) axe and what types of axes are there?
Types of axes for the outdoors
If you go searching for axes, you will find a lot of different axes. First of all, it is good to know which axe you need for which job.
- Splitting axes: these axes are used for splitting trees. Splitting means working large logs into smaller pieces of wood for a fireplace, for example.
- Chopping axes: these axes are mainly used for cutting down trees or chopping off thick branches.
- Camping axes: this axe is useful when camping to cut rope or remove thin branches, for example.
- Outdoor axes: this axe is similar to the camping axe and often has a plastic handle. The axe is handy to have with you when you go nature survival or camping to do small outdoor chores.
In the range you will find different axes and you can decide which axe is best for your job. Well-known brands such as Fiskars, Njord and Morakniv can be found in their webshop.
Splitting wood yourself with a splitting axe
If you want to create your own firewood, it is a good idea to buy a splitting axe. With a splitting axe, you can turn large pieces of wood into smaller pieces to burn in the fireplace. A good splitting axe has the following features:
- A heavy head so that the axe has enough weight to split the wood
- A thin head to easily go through the wood
- Different length available. Adjust the length to your strength and height
- The cut does not need to be sharp
- Intended to be used with two hands
Splitting seems simple but is good to practise and be aware of the technique you should use. The best steps to follow are as follows:
Choose the right length for your height and strength
Place the log on the back of a chopping block
Place the tip of the axe on the front of log
Raise the axe and connect both hands to the end of the handle
Drop the axe but maintain strength and tension in the arms
Bend (slightly) through the knees and the axe will go into or through the log
By following these steps, you can split a log easily, without too much force and, most importantly, safely.
The best splitting axes can be found at Firepit-online.com
Which splitting axe is best for you depends on how big the log is, how strong and big you are and how the axe feels in your hands. It is important to feel that you can handle an axe well and use it easily without it slipping out of your hands or being too heavy to work with. We have recently added a selection of axes to our range. It is an indispensable accessory for making firewood for your fire bowl or garden fireplace. So order today before 5pm and we will ship your axe the same working day.