Kindling splitting axe thoughts

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  1. A Seedy Lot

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    My father in law is in need of a kindling splitting tool and as I do not know all the options I am seeking some advice. I have no problem searching for vintage. I personally would go Grunfors but they are a little expensive for my father in law yet he would appreciate a fine tool to split wood next to his fire in the wet and cold world of coastal Washinton. Thanks for any advice.
     
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    I was thinking more kindling. He takes quarter 9rounds into the house and let's them sit next to fire until dry and then makes kindling for starring fire. He was looking at a Eastwing Campers axe I have but it is to thin in the bit for optimal splitting, in my expiernce. I like the fiskars head designs but am Leary of the handles.
     
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    Might be worth checking out the Husqvarna hatchet.

    I may buy myself one of those Estwing Fireside Friends.
     
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    Yup, both of those tools will do what you ask w/out breaking the bank.
    Kindling would dry quicker if split first, more exposed fiber surface.
    The fireside friend is like a mini-maul, a wedge w/a handle.
    Pretty much designed to fit your FIL's needs, both that or the froe. Just smack 'em w/a big ol' mallet or baton.

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    I have the Stihl and Husqvarna hatchets and at $40.00 or so they make a good hatchet at a decent price. I got them both at local dealers for close to internet pricing.
     
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    I have one of these. Old one, with the leather handle. Amazing tool. Really splits and is easy to use. :)
     
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    If this is just for home, I wonder if he'd be happier with a wedge and sledge?
     
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    Looking for small diameter splitting. I have a masonry rocket stove to heat our house through cold Montam winters. Usually go through 2 cords of Larch and Fir split down to fist size at largest and lots of Wood in the 1 in diameter range. I use a Gransfors Small Splitting axe. It works great but takes a bit of muscle to operate single handed for kindling. Thinking a little lighter and a little thinner in bit. I am clueless on vintage steel and their are so many options.
     
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    Fiskars X 11

    No need to worry about the handles
     
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    I hand split all my wood for heat with an axe but when I need some kindling i just beat a Becker through it right in front of the stove. Easy shmeasy
     
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    My first choice;

    https://www.crkt.com/birler.html

    But opinions are relative. There are plenty of second hand and hardware stores with cheapos, but the birler is a beast next to my wood stove, in the swamp, the woods and everywhere else.

    There are sites with much cheaper ones out there, you just need to look.

    Good luck!
     
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    Another vote for Fiskars, they're ugly and plain but they work and really don't need any maintenance.
     
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    Any decent hatchet properly profiled and sharpened will do fine. No reason to spend big money. I'd buy an old hatchet head at the flea market for $3 and put a nice handle on it. I bought a great no name 1.5 lb hatchet with a nice original handle at the flea market for $12 today.
     
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    You are right, the profile of an Estwing camp axe is thin and it's not a good splitter for this reason. The Fireside Friend, on the other hand, is my favorite fireplace kindling splitter. We leave one by the fireplace and I bring an easy-splitting piece or two from the woodpile every time I bring a load to the house. I use the FF to bring it down to kindling size.

    Pretty much any regular hatchet would do a good job if you have straight-grained seasoned wood to work with.
     
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    I agree with with your opinion of the estwing campers axe, they make terrible splitters. The fiskars has a more wedge shaped head and works good for splitting, those composite handles are really, really tough. I wouldn't worry about that at all. If you wanted to go all out you could get him a gb outdoor axe, they're quite a bit thicker than gb's other hatchets. I'm not sure they're any better than the fiskars for splitting kindling but they're easy on the eye. Gerber markets a hatchet that's a bit longer and heavier than the fiskars x7. as far as I know it's made by the same folks, it's called the pack axe II.
     
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    As I read on in this thread I notice one thing. I just need a reason to buy another hatchet and there are plenty of good ideas right here.
     
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    I also use a fireside friend for kindling, or a Swiss surplus hatchet. It's got thick cheeks and works well
     
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    Here is a old fat guy using my two faves for kindling, a heavy vintage hatchet and a Marine Corp
    bolo, I sit down in the fall and split a winters worth of cedar kindling in one afternoon.


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    For my everyday fireplace splitting I use a fiskars x11....it has a splitting head which works good. I also use a fiskars x7...its small, light but has enough heft to chop nicely. the steel is good and sharpens up nice. The composite handles are tougher than you'd think also. I'm very hard on wood handles for some reason and no longer want to replace them.
     
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    I don't like chopping with big axes that have synthetic handles, but don't mind for something like this. The fiskars are a dandy splitter, but not too heavy. Really built just right for that job.

    But any hatchet thats not too thin ought to work pretty good.
     
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    Seems like the Fiskars is the easiest choice, readily available and built for the task at hand.
    That being said, my vote goes for finding a nice old American made hatchet with fat cheeks. Either restore the original handle if possible or hang it on a good piece of hickory, maybe torched and oiled.
    Much more personality, plus you're putting a good ol'tool back in service where it belongs.
     
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    I use an estwing hatchet and few pound hammer. This way you can get as thin as you want, and keep your fingers. Ya the hatchet is marred. But I suspect it will go on for years. I make 5 gallon pales at a time. I'd like the have barrels worth cut in the summer or year before even.

    To me cutting it as you need it sounds awful. My fire starting got alot better once I started using lots of kindling. Especially if re-starting a fire in the morning if it went out.

    I make it out in the garage, it is a mess. I should do it outside, but I don't think about it when I would want to do it outside.

    My dream is to have year supply of kindling ready to go.
     
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    You don’t say how much volume of wood is involved or the general health & fitness of your relative. Assuming casual use, (or he would likely already have the tools), a local hardware store should have what he needs. A few Christmas seasons ago I bought some of my relatives Fiskars hatchets for this application & they work well for them. He can choose the head weight & handle length he prefers.
     
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    Aaand, I just realized that this thread is over a year old. Never mind!

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