Splitting Maul vs. Axe

What Are The Benefits And Uses?

Splitting mauls and axes are very different - but they both have a place on the homestead.

Splitting Maul VS. Axe

If you're heating your dwelling with wood, you'll get very familiar with both of these tools.  The maul is used for breaking into a large log of firewood, the axe to split it into manageable and burnable pieces.

Regular axRegular ax - notice the slender ax head made for smaller wood splitting

You'll need both of these tools at various times, but the one you'll rely on is the axe. There are many different kinds, from double bitted (a sharp edge on each side), to tomahawks or hatchets to cut kindling.

None of these tools are recommended for throwing, if you're into that popular sport.  The axes used for that are specially designed to be balanced when thrown towards a target.

Heavy splitting maulHeavy splitting maul, with the heavy metal head to make it easier to break into rounds.

Luckily, these tools last a long time, with care. To prevent damage to the handle of the axe close to the head, try to stand further back from the splitting block.

Hybrid maul and wedge comboHybrid maul and wedge combo - of course someone would design this!

You can probably get by without a spitting maul, if your firewood supplier breaks into the biggest pieces for you when they deliver the wood to your house.

Or, go with the one tool that does double duty; the hybrid maul/wedge type, like the one shown above.

Double Bitted AxDouble Bitted Ax, for more speed - when you pick it up, no need to check which way up it is

Double bitted axes were more popular in times gone by for actually felling trees.  With two blades, less sharpening is needed.

Classic wood splitting maulClassic wood splitting maul, with wooden handle - check these often, if the wood is rotten, it will be right by the head.

Best of all scenarios, if you're able to get an electric splitter, this takes only a few hours to get through your entire years supply of dry firewood. 

Then, when you go to bring in your daily needs, split the bigger pieces, if needed, with the axe, and you're done.

The different types of axes and mauls all have their proponents.  Some people like those with fibreglass handles, which last longer and don't rot.

The prices range from cheap or free (found at yard sales or in the buy and sell) to quite pricey - just look at those in specialty tool stores online or in your town.  Just because they cost more doesn't make them better, make your own judgement on what will work for you.

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