Splitting Wood is Easy With These Simple Tips
Splitting logs can be important when you can’t find smaller sized wood to fuel your fire. Sometimes there is only bigger wood available and you’ll need to split it.
To split wood, you’ll need the right knife.
It’s important to use a big, sturdy knife that’s four millimeters thick at the minimum, which has a full tang or at least a very sturdy, thick tang. This is the Cold Steel SRK.
Along with your knife, you also need a baton. For this tutorial we’re going to use beechwood, a very hard wood which is great for a baton.
For batoning, we’re going to use spruce wood.
This log was cut with a saw, which I usually take with me into the woods. Some people prefer an ax. It’s really just personal preference, but I’m a saw type of person.
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The diameter of this log is 6 inches, the same as my knife.
Obviously it’s too thick to baton, so we start at the outer layers of the wood.
This kind of technique will work on just about any size of log.
You’re taking up tiny little chunks of the outer layers. In the end you’ll have a log that’s getting smaller and smaller, and then you can baton through the middle of it.
This technique is very good because you are preserving your knife.
No use going through the middle of a log, which will damage your knife sooner or later.
Taking off tiny chunks of the wood from the sides is going to be easy. It’s not strenuous; it takes a little more time but it conserves energy.
Now you’re left with several smaller, clean chunks of wood — perfect for starting a campfire to keep you warm and prepare your food in the outdoors.
To see the tutorial in action, check out the video below from YouTuber Survival Lilly.
Now that you’ve got your wood, it’s time to build a campfire. Sounds easy, right? But there truly is an art to building the perfect campfire. Click here to learn more.