Chop Wood With a Warm Axe

Give your ax proper care when you chop wood in the winter.

chop wood - split logs, whole logs, and ax in stump

Keep your ax head warm and you'll be able to chop wood in cold weather without damaging it.

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Alaskan reader Marti Bradley wrote to you that the colder the weather, the easier it is to split firewood. I agree, but with the following tool care suggestion: when the thermometer dips way below freezing outdoors, store your ax indoors. I learned the hard way: I went out to chop wood with a very cold ax, and I ended up with a severely chipped blade.

Joseph J. Mack
Deming, New Mexico