Rising fuel costs have more and more people burning a different kind of energy these days. They're working up a sweat as they split their own wood to keep their wood stove or fireplace burning through the winter. Wood can be a convenient, inexpensive way to keep warm. And of course, nothing says winter like a cozy fire in the hearth. Splitting your own wood, on the other hand, is a tough chore, and it can mean hours of chopping to keep a good supply of firewood stacked up for the winter.
A log splitter makes the task a lot easier and more efficient, and if it's not quite as good at working out your frustrations on a woodpile, it's a whole lot easier on the back.
"Over the years, we've seen a pretty steady increase in log splitter sales," says Steve Rolin, vice president of marketing for Special Products Co., in Golden, Colo., makers of the Speeco log splitters.
The boom is due thanks in part to high fuel costs that have many people looking for an alternative to gas and heating oil to heat their homes, Rolin says. But it's also due to more and more people seeking out homes in the country, even if their jobs are still in the city.