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Hey, I'm moving to a new apartment here in Seattle and I'm stoked that our new place has a wood burning fireplace. I've always envied the people around here with one since it I had one once way back when I lived in Chicago for a few years. I think it is a good way to help with the psych during the dark and dreary winter days. And wood is basically free around here because I always see people trying to get rid of wood rounds on craigslist... BUT I don't have an axe. Any suggestions for purchasing an effective wood-chopping axe? I don't need the best of the best but any tips are appreciated.

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I assume you need this for splitting. fiskars is a reputable brand, never gave me any problems. traditional splitting mauls work like a wedge so select the heaviest one you are still comfortable with.

if you want to get fancy there is also the leveraxe:

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for cutting wood you need something sharp and slender. nothing better than gransfors or wetterlings forest axe. expensive but among the best you can purchase.
 

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If your'e gonna get the lever axe, go for the heavier one! Besides a splitting axe, you probabkly need a felling axe to take down the tree. Or a chainsaw.....

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_s3Ci1Dl0s[/ame]
 

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I have always used an axe like this, they can be found at most hardware stores over here.
 

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I use to only burn wood in pot belly stoves to heat my house. I used a double sided axe. I had people that came out to visit me all the time and everybody wants to try and split wood. They wood have a problem not getting the log to split when hitting it with all their might. It wasn't because they couldn't do it. It was because they would concentrate on hitting the top and not going through. So I'd tell them that the top must be hit but mentally tell yourself that the ground is what your trying to get to. Wham....they all could do it.

For me a good double sided axe is king!
 

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Different axes serve different purposes. There are two ways, either get a set of specialized axes (felling, splitting etc) or get one general axe & refine your skills. I think you will be fine with the latter.
Totally agree!
 

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my little "trick" - saving money..

A very famous and pricey Swedish brand is
"Wetterlings" hand forged, great tool!

The trick is to compare Wetterlings to Husqvarna! ;)

The difference is the maker's mark on the head
(they imprint the Husqbarna sign now..)

And the Husqvarna logo on the handle..

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7KVCg9gr5c[/ame]

And then the price..


150$:...

http://www.amazon.com/Wetterling-La...d=1449692466&sr=8-11&keywords=Wetterlings+axe


VS. tatatataaa:

90$:...

http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-Lar...92523&sr=8-1&keywords=Husqvarna+splitting+axe


:)


I ordered the latter and the 7.2cm splitting axe.

I will never regret that. - Hope this is inspiring input!


kind regards, Ernest!

Be


EDIT: I have NO idea why this particular video won´t be shown with a preview..
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Wetterlings- loyers maybe.. But the video made the difference to me..
 

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I have a big old axe, a few splitting wedges and an 8 pound sledgehammer. They suit the purpose well, and help me build man muscles.

-Wild Bill
 

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If your'e gonna get the lever axe, go for the heavier one! Besides a splitting axe, you probabkly need a felling axe to take down the tree. Or a chainsaw.....
That was pretty messed up when he let his wife test those and instead of splitting wood she ended up splitting her lip. :D
 

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I use to only burn wood in pot belly stoves to heat my house. I used a double sided axe. I had people that came out to visit me all the time and everybody wants to try and split wood. They wood have a problem not getting the log to split when hitting it with all their might. It wasn't because they couldn't do it. It was because they would concentrate on hitting the top and not going through. So I'd tell them that the top must be hit but mentally tell yourself that the ground is what your trying to get to. Wham....they all could do it.

For me a good double sided axe is king!
Double bitted axes are also just so cool! I'd definitely go for one of those.

 
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