I just split some ash, courtesy of the borer. I usually do most of my
splitting in January, which is the best time as the wood is frozen and
splits best. If you rent a splitter, it does not really matter. Cherry
is hard, but not apple hard, and apple still splits when it is not
frozen. One minor problem with splitting in January is that the wood
tends to shatter (apecially shorter logs) and occasionally with apple
you may have a piece flying into your legs.
maple that dried for about 2 years before I could get to it. Dogwood was
tough too - even in winter. Got about 3/4 cord from cherry and most is
burnable as is but there are some big chunks and test wack at small log
looks tough in absolute green state. I do have glass doors on my fireplace
with a heat exchanger grate with fan. Give me something to look forward to
in cold months.
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