Chop Wood With a Warm Axe

Trust this Alaskan: store your wood-chopping axe indoors during cold weather to ensure the longevity of the blade.

| January/February 1989

  • 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.
    PHOTO: KLETR/FOTOLIA

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

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





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