Log Splitter Tips

Log splitters serve a number of purposes during the fall and winter months. From helping you to easily clear your yard of large tree branches and limbs to providing firewood for heating and cooking, log splitters earn their keep as temperatures drop.

Finding the right log splitter for your home is just as important as selecting the wood you'll use for projects or in the fireplace. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for both.

Choosing the Right Log Splitter

Log splitters are designed to help you split heavy, dense logs quickly - saving you the time and effort of using a traditional axe.

Just like lawn equipment, log splitters are built with different capabilities based on the jobs they'll be required to do. Log splitters, like the TB 27 LS and TB 33 LS are great for individuals who frequently use firewood during fall and winter. Each model features powerful engines, as well as fast cycle times that can split logs every 15-19 seconds.

The FLEX' Log Splitter provides the force you need to split high-density firewood, with the compact size that makes it easy to store in the shed or garage.

Regardless of the model, safety is key. Remember to always wear the proper gear when operating your log splitter: snugly fit clothing, safety goggles or glasses, closed-toe shoes and well-gripped gloves.

Selecting the Best Firewood

It's important to first understand that not all wood is the same. The most important factor to consider when selecting firewood is density, which dictates heat production, flame height, burn time and ash buildup.

Dense woods like cherry, oak, maple, sassafras and ash provide better heat, burn longer, produce less ash and have shorter flames than their less-dense counterparts. High-density woods make for great in-home firewood.

Low-density woods like pine and basswood have higher flames, produce more ash and provide less heat than high-density options.

It's recommended that you have both high- and low-density firewood available, as low-density firewood will light more easily, producing a larger flame, which will ignite your low-density wood and create the ideal fire for your home.

Regardless of your region, it's best to discover what grows naturally in your area and use what is most plentiful.

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®
October 2016