How many times do you come across something that can impact your life in a truly profound way? I suppose for many people they would say that the newest electronic device or a new app for some other piece of electronics could have such an impact. But for those of us seeking a simpler life, how many new “apps” do we come across that are game changers for us?
My wife recently sent me a link on social media to a wood splitting method, which I had seen elsewhere before but not paid much attention to, utilizing old tires stacked up on the splitting block. We see so many things online that it’s easy to skip over something of value. I gave it a look and now I wonder what else I’ve missed!
Wood Splitting Game Changer!
The method is so simple; stupid simple, how did I not think of this simple? Once the tires are stacked on the splitting block; add your wood and fill the inner space of the tire so that there is little or no room for the wood to move around. Now just use your favorite implement, I prefer a splitting maul over an axe, and start splitting. This is where the game changer part kicks in; no more bending down between swings to reset the wood for the next cut! The split wood stays in place until you’re happy with the size of the pieces depending on your burning preferences. Brilliant simple, not stupid simple!
We burn wood in a wood stove as well as a traditional open fire place without an insert. For good wood stove size pieces I would suggest using one tire to accommodate the shorter blocks of wood; I prefer 12”-15” pieces. For splitting longer logs for the fire place, I use two tires for the 18”-24” pieces.
Thinking back on the last six years, this simple wood splitting idea would have prevented so many aches and pains. Not to mention cuts and scrapes. Yes, I’m one of those rebels (insert other appropriate adjective here) who cuts wood during the summer months in shorts. No more wood flying into the shins!
For those of us seeking a simpler life, how many new “apps” do we come across that are game changers for us?
We should always be on the lookout for new ideas that will make our lives easier. Once in a while we come across a really, really good one. This is one of them and even if you don’t cut wood yourself, you should pass this information along to anyone you know that does. As we prepare for uncertainties in life, burning wood is an important consideration for a backup heat source. If you don’t have wood burning capabilities currently, it might be worth looking into and a wise investment for your home. A backup heat source during a crisis may be just as important to you and your family as access to water and shelf stable foods.