top of page
  • Writer's pictureBeckside Machinery

Log Splitting to make Firewood

Because energy prices are going up, many homeowners cut logs to heat their homes. You might be wondering how you're going to get your firewood if you decide to heat with wood this winter. You have two options, either cut the logs yourself or buy it from someone else. If you cut your own logs, you will feel a sense of satisfaction, achievement, and it will give you a feeling of fulfilment knowing you have contributed to keeping your house warm at a relatively low cost. On the other hand, cutting your own firewood is a difficult and potentially hazardous task, especially if your chainsaw does not cut straight. The saying goes that cutting firewood twice should keep you warm. The first time you cut it and the second time you burn it. Plus, if you've ever had a chainsaw that wouldn't start due to being flooded, or if you've ever had a saw that wouldn't run because of some other mechanical difficulty, you can imagine how frustrating that can be.

Definitely, you can purchase firewood, but by doing so you'll be less likely to save money by burning wood. I have done both based on my own experiences. It is my goal to cut enough firewood for my winter supply of fires myself every year, but I always have trouble finding the time. Depending on how much wood you need, buying a year's supply of firewood can be expensive. Buying firewood by the semi load and cutting it yourself is another option. The purchase of bulk wood by the semi-load provides you with access to a large amount of wood, especially if you cannot cut your own firewood. On top of that, since a semi delivers logs that are about 8 feet long, straight, and without limbs, you can chop a lot of wood in a short amount of time.

Ensure your safety

You have decided to cut your own wood. Log cutting safety is the first thing you need to learn. Don't put yourself at risk by being unprepared as, after all, your safety is in your hands. There is a danger involved when harvesting firewood, as heavy machinery can easily cause injury or even death. In order to keep yourself safe, you must know how to properly operate the machinery and wear the appropriate safety equipment. There is nothing more frustrating and dangerous than a chainsaw bar that is pinched during firewood cutting. When you cut down a tree lying on the ground into firewood, your saw will close up on your log due to the weight of the wood. This is true in particular when you make downward cuts. As a preventive measure, you can pound a plastic wedge into the top of your cut to prevent this from happening.

Equipment for cutting firewood

Chainsaws are the most common, widely used tool for cutting logs. There are many types and makes of chainsaws on the market today. You should choose the appropriate chain saw type based on how much wood you need to cut and where it is located. There are log splitters for sale which can produce huge quantities of firewood for the serious firewood fanatic. When you cut your own logs you will save a lot of money and be able to make sure that you are heating your home as cost-effectively as possible. Check out the Goliath range of tractor log splitters and petrol log splitters.

22 views0 comments


bottom of page