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Posted on Problems splitting a log, help needed

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 02:28 PM

I agree that that doesn’t look like yellow birch. Birch is harder to split than oak, ash or hickory, but generally relatively easy, and I’ve never had wedges sink in like that. But you need to start the split on the end, putting your first wedge (or an axe) in line with the pith. Once the first one is seated, pound in a second, and even a third, all in the end of the log. Then, once the split starts to travel down the log, you can start putting wedges (or a glut) along the grain to drive the split further along. Of course some species are basically impossible to split – elm, box elder.
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