Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, my family spent a lot of time doing things “the old fashioned way”. I remember one of the nicest feelings about being home for winter holidays was sitting in front of our big wood stove in the living room while the lights on our tree twinkled. It was nice to feel the comforting warmth of the burning logs in the fireplace. It was also nice to feel the rewards of our summer vacation’s hard labor.
Doing Things The Hard Way
One of the hardest things about coming home for summer vacations was knowing that it would inevitably mean that dad , my sister, my mother and I would all go out about twice a week to the forest service’s free harvest areas and saw our wood by hand. Then, we would load it into the back of our truck and bring it home to split it. I ached pretty much all summer long because of this tradition.
Now, I still go an harvest my own wood (I help my mom with hers, too) but I make sure to rent a log splitter and a wood chipper for this task. Why, might you ask? Well, there are a few reasons.
Why Rent A Log Splitter?
I am not an old person (yet), but I am by no means the type who is fit to split wood all the time. It would be one thing if I were doing manual labor all day, but I am not. Wood splitters and chippers help me get wood harvested and split while allowing me time to do my day job. Additionally, It helps me not put my back out (which when I hit my mid twenties was a bi-yearly event) and it is safer for everyone.
I remember one time when I was a teenager and I was using an axe (rather than a maul) to split wood. I swung up, missed the log, and barely missed slicing my toe in half. My hand-eye coordination has not gotten better as I have gotten older. If you are anything like me, having a reliable log splitter around will not only save you time, but it could save you a digit!
Why Rent A Wood Chipper?
Almost inevitably, there will be leftover wood from your excursions. Whether it is just wood that is too small, too rotted or just not great for burning (like Ponderosa pines), a wood chipper can make light work of all your extra wood. Spread it on your garden, or sell it!
If you’re in need of a lot of wood to heat your home, it is best to consider renting a log splitter and a wood chipper to get the job done!