Kindling Splitter Diy: Manual or Electric?
The best kindling splitters are manual kindling splitter. They have been used since ancient times. However, modern technology has made them much better than their predecessors. For example, they do not require any fuel and can burn wood, grass clippings, leaves and other organic material without burning it completely.
Electric kindling splitters are more efficient than manual ones. However, they still need some fuel to run. Some electric kindling splitters use batteries to power the generator which burns up a small amount of electricity each time it runs.
Other kinds of electric kindling splitter do not require any fuel at all and just work by using electricity from your home’s electrical system (for instance, if you have an old computer hooked up to your house’s electrical grid).
How Much Does a Manual Kindling Splitter Cost?
A manual kindling splitter costs less money than an electric one. You may want to consider buying a manual kindling splitter if you plan on splitting firewood regularly or even every once in awhile. If you don’t plan on doing so often, then an electric one might be cheaper for you.
Do I Need To Have A Lot Of Wood Cutting Space?
Manual kindling splitters do not require a lot of space to use. In fact, you can easily cut wood inside your house if you wanted to. You just need enough room to swing the axe or maul. However, some manual kindling splitters are much longer than others. The longer ones may be more difficult to store when they are not in use because they cannot be collapsed very small.
Electric kindling splitters are fairly small but they need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. You also need enough space around the outlets for the splitter to sit next to it. Most of these kinds of splitters can be collapsed so that they take up less space when not in use.
What Kind Of Wood Can Each Be Used To Split?
Manual kindling splitters can be used to split any kind of wood that is not extremely hard. However, they may take more than one swing at the same piece of wood to get it into the proper size. Be careful where and how hard you swing or you could hurt yourself or damage something else.
Electric kindling splitters can usually be used on any kind of wood as long as it is the proper size to fit into the machine. It will only take one or two swings to split the wood and the electric kindling splitter does not require as much effort on your part as a manual one does.
What Kind Of Debris Do I Need To Dispose Of?
Manual kindling splitters do not produce much debris at all. The only thing you usually have to dispose of is the piece of wood that you just split. You may have to dispose of the piece a second time if it was too big the first time.
Electric kindling splitters do produce a small amount of debris such as sawdust and small splinters.
How Easy Is It To Use Each Type?
Manual kindling splitters are easy to use as long as you have at least a basic idea of how to swing an axe or maul without hitting yourself. It is important to be careful when using one.
Electric kindling splitters are also easy to use as long as you can lift it, plug it in and push a button.
How Much Maintenance Does Each Require?
Manual kindling splitters will require regular maintenance such as sharpening the blade or replacing the blade entirely. You should also check for cracks or signs of wear and tear on other parts such as the handle.
Electric kindling splitters require very little maintenance. You should only have to wipe it down with a dry cloth to remove any dust or debris that may have gathered.
Which One Is Better?
The best kindling splitter for you depends on your own personal needs and abilities. Consider all of the facts listed above and any others that you may think of before making your final decision. You may want to even try out a manual kindling splitter at a friend’s house or local rental place before buying one so that you will know how to use it properly.
Sources & references used in this article:
Wood splitter by C Piontkowski – US Patent 4,033,390, 1977 – Google Patents
Log splitter by DP Sahlem – US Patent 6,390,162, 2002 – Google Patents
Vehicle supported wood splitter and methods of use by BP Janowski – US Patent App. 16/049,710, 2019 – Google Patents
Log holder for use in splitting logs by RW Jordan – US Patent 4,535,980, 1985 – Google Patents
Wood splitting device by T Fager – US Patent 6,135,178, 2000 – Google Patents
Multi-purpose tools and methods of use by BP Janowski – US Patent App. 16/746,873, 2020 – Google Patents
Pressed log cutter by EL Johnston – US Patent 2,526,362, 1950 – Google Patents