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Tool option to use for cutting Apple wood

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Tool option to use for cutting Apple wood

I have a small cart full of dried apple wood logs that I use for smoke on our bbq. I use full logs for wood burning pizza, but for all else I want to cut these into small chunks to smoke.

Suggestions on the cheapest/effective option in a tool? I literally have nothing at home like a vice to make this easier on me, so looking at suggestions without spending too much cash.
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Feb 12, 2017
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When I have small wood chunks and need chips for smoking, I just stand the blocks with the grain running vertically on a flat sided block (stump) and split them with an axe. When the piece I am chopping is narrow, I just hold it up other with other wood that has not been chopped yet. I only make a small amount of chips at a time so this works for me.
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Kevin3840 wrote: When I have small wood chunks and need chips for smoking, I just stand the blocks with the grain running vertically on a flat sided block (stump) and split them with an axe. When the piece I am chopping is narrow, I just hold it up other with other wood that has not been chopped yet. I only make a small amount of chips at a time so this works for me.
the axe option hasn't worked out for me, these logs are fairly thin, not too easy to get a hold of for me. Not a typical sized log like firewood, etc. Outside of a small chainsaw, thinking maybe a reciprocating saw would work
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An electric mitre saw would be my suggestion.
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smacd wrote: An electric mitre saw would be my suggestion.
trying to go the el cheapo route, bought a reciprocating saw at HD, seems to do okay for one or two logs at a time
Fraser River Rat wrote: Hi,

Small logs - as in large/medium diameter branches? How about using a circular saw, hand saw or bow saw? Problem with a chainsaw is that the teeth need to be resharpened all the time.
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/search-r ... l?q=bowsaw
I have zero setup for any DIY at home, so as above, bought a reciprocating saw, seems fine for doing a couple of logs at a time
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redsfan wrote: the axe option hasn't worked out for me, these logs are fairly thin, not too easy to get a hold of for me. Not a typical sized log like firewood, etc. Outside of a small chainsaw, thinking maybe a reciprocating saw would work
Instead of bringing the axe to the wood, bring the wood to the axe. Once it's stuck, flip it around, and whack the axe onto your stump. Makes chopping small pieces much easier.
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Jon Lai wrote: Instead of bringing the axe to the wood, bring the wood to the axe. Once it's stuck, flip it around, and whack the axe onto your stump. Makes chopping small pieces much easier.
it would be more bring the axe to my body parts, and my children and fatherless, lol..
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I'm confused as to why OP is even asking. You have a solution that is working for you and have shot down the suggestions already attempted at helping. Are you really just looking for somebody to come over to your place and do the work for you?

I have 1 suggestion - a reciprocating saw. Curious to see if it gets shot down.
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A tiny kinging axe can be had for $30 or less and it very safe and easy to use. Designed to be used one handed.
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hoponpop wrote: I'm confused as to why OP is even asking. You have a solution that is working for you and have shot down the suggestions already attempted at helping. Are you really just looking for somebody to come over to your place and do the work for you?

I have 1 suggestion - a reciprocating saw. Curious to see if it gets shot down.
clearly it doesn't take much in the way of assumption for you to suggest something I already went out to buy? I don't really need to explain my rationale to you, so if you have nothing of use to say move on with your life. Christ man grab a beer or something....
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Jerico wrote: A tiny kinging axe can be had for $30 or less and it very safe and easy to use. Designed to be used one handed.
I hear you bud, that is what I have but have found it a pain to use, lol. Apparently I have shot down every other idea on here, and put my big boy decide pants and bought a reciprocating saw that does the job for now...Cheers
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Jon Lai wrote: You must be misunderstanding because there's nothing dangerous about the method I described.
not at all misunderstanding, but thanks for the suggestion. I am eternally useless at most DIY type of stuff, you have to know me to understand. The other suggestions I have attempted without success which is the only reason why I posted other ideas up here.

Cheers
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redsfan wrote: I hear you bud, that is what I have but have found it a pain to use, lol. Apparently I have shot down every other idea on here, and put my big boy decide pants and bought a reciprocating saw that does the job for now...Cheers
A recip saw seems exceedingly dangerous for someone who cant swing a hatchet
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Split, not saw. You lose a lot of wood when you saw. Besides, most power saw set ups are not safe for cutting logs longitudinally. Yes, a table saw with a jig but even then. It's not worth it.

If the "logs" are too small to split with an axe, use a small hatchet. Make sure the hatchet is sharp. Wear eye protection. Place the hatchet at the end of the "log" and tap the blade of the hatchet down through the log with a heavy hammer, sledge or other axe.
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Jerico wrote: A recip saw seems exceedingly dangerous for someone who cant swing a hatchet
so far so good I have all my body pars still, lol
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Got it, I thought you were cutting length wise only. An axe would be a bad idea in this case. A saw of your choosing is your only option other than just breaking kindling lengths by hand or stepping on them on an angle in order to save wood and make less mess.

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