View Full Version : What's a good axe for chopping campfire wood?

Matt Meiser
07-04-2015, 9:29 PM
We've been making good use of our backyard fire ring but I'm finding most of the wood we buy needs to be split further than the suppliers split it. I've got a nice Fiskars hatchet but dense woods laugh at its light weight and my inability to swing it very hard. What's a good option for an axe for this purpose without overkill?

daryl moses
07-04-2015, 9:35 PM
I use a splitting maul.

John A langley
07-04-2015, 9:39 PM
Google Hudson Bay Axe they come with 17 to 20 inch Handles and One and three-quarter to two pound heads

Philip Johnson
07-04-2015, 9:41 PM
Hard to beat the larger fiskers X 27 if you have to split with an axe

Jerry Bruette
07-04-2015, 9:49 PM
I like my Estwing Fireside Friend. Not rally an axe but works great for splitting wood that's already cut to campfire length.

Matt Meiser
07-05-2015, 9:08 AM
That Estwing looks like the way to go. And its only $36 at Amazon.

Jerry Bruette
07-05-2015, 10:59 AM
Only $29 at the orange borg, if you happen to be driving past.

Bert Kemp
07-05-2015, 11:50 AM
The fireside tool is a short handle most likely one handed operation. For splitting wood I like a longer handle 36" 2 handed swing . you can get some good power behind it. If theres any twist or knots in your wood you'll be happy with a little more power behind it. So a good splitting maul is what I use.

Matt Meiser
07-05-2015, 12:09 PM
None of the orang stores around here stock it. They can get it in only 2 weeks. :rolleyes:

Bert do you think I would find that useful for pre-split firewood as well? Or is that most useful for whole logs?

Randy Red Bemont
07-05-2015, 2:41 PM
I use a splitting maul that I've had forever. I forgot how many pounds it is but it gets the job done quickly.


Shawn Pachlhofer
07-05-2015, 3:41 PM
the Estwing is the way to go on wood that is already split.

I've got it, and a regular maul. The regular maul gets used on whole logs.

Shawn Pixley
07-05-2015, 3:46 PM
I have three axes. I have my.grandfather's felling axe. A splitting maul for just that, splitting. I have a small hatchet for splitting ton kindling. I also have some iron wedgesfor more, umm obstinate wood. You'll want a splitting maul. No one axe will do all in all circumstances.

Bill Gugel
07-05-2015, 8:38 PM
Hard to beat the larger fiskers X 27 if you have to split with an axe
Second on the X 27, had 2 mauls and dumped both after buying the 27 , buy the sharpener too.

Matt Meiser
07-05-2015, 9:05 PM
Well today we had to run an errand and our route took us past our favorite hardware store that was nearest our old house. Now close to a 35 minute drive so we never go there anymore unfortunately. I stopped by looking for something else and they had a ~24" Fiskars splitting axe so I bought it. More expensive than the Estwing, but I got to spend money at my favorite hardware store instead of some retail giant so it was worth it. Brought it home and I split up all the obstinate wood in the firewood rack into much more suitable pieces for our small fire ring.

Mark Blatter
07-06-2015, 4:08 PM
Best axe I have ever found to use is my neighbors.....the guy who wont' lend it out, but will come do it for you.

Matt Meiser
07-06-2015, 6:28 PM
That sounds like a really good deal!

Tom M King
07-06-2015, 7:31 PM
3-1/2 pound Collins