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Sunday, October 24, 2004



Not a bad idea! Grow some basil or something on top of it, and you'd have yourself a regular business, tax breaks and all! Or how about some bamboo--it might take over the entire property, but you could sell it in little pots for $20 apiece...


Bamboo! Oooh, that gave me cold shivers of dread, Michelle. We had some here when we first moved in, growing out behind the old outhouse. I'm not sure how it got there, but Keith dug it out thoroughly our first year here. We are grateful not to have seen a resurgence.

You're on to something with that idea about the basil. Great idea! We'd only have to do an average of $100 a month in business to qualify for the tax break. As I recall, we only have to sell $1,200 a year in "agricultural product" - not make that much in profit. Our running joke is to get some chickens and then sell their eggs to family and friends for $100 a dozen with a $99 rebate for every dozen sold.

By the way, the rules are strict enough about what is a farm product. We have to produce something in order to qualify, and were told our first scheme to raise money by boarding horses wouldn't qualify.


I grew up in a house that was heated with wood and we did all the splitting manually. I just purchased a outdoor wood boiler and am back into the "woodwork".

In shopping for a source to replace my Wood Grenade I was shocked to see your photo of two failed wedges that look exactly like the one I have. I love the wedge compared to conventional designs. The design is ingenious but the tips are obviously a point of premature failure. The one I had was 3 days old when it broke.

Mine broke in a very gnarly chunk of dry oak and I was giving it the full swing of the mall. Lesson- if you have to hit the Grenade hard because the wood is messy be careful because the tip will "go off".


Sean, you'll save yourself some trouble if you use two or more wedges for the very gnarly spots. Also, if you save your receipt, we find that we can always get a replacement wedge when ours breaks. And it is precisely because the tips can and do break that we keep several Wood Grenades on hand at a time in case something happens to one - no need to slow the pace or worry whether the store is open.

Although Keith breaks at least one Wood Grenade per season, I've yet to break one. This may be one of the few benefits of being a comparative weakling - I split enough wood that I'd like to avoid saying that I hit like a "girl" and yet... it takes me more whacks to split a length of wood, and there'll be no broken wedges!


Where can I buy the log splitting grenade?


Don, some over-priced catalogs carry 'em, but your best bet is your local general purpose hardware store or (yep) Wal-Mart.

Follow up on gnarly wood and broken grenade tips: For the cleanest and least back-breaking split, use a conventional wedge when you encounter a huge knot. Placed well, and it takes practice to do this, the conventional wedge really splits the wood grain wide open.


Hello Janis, It's good to see you posting!

Neil Cafferky

I think that they break because they are made from cast iron. A forging would be better.


One disadvantage of the conventional wedge is mushrooming of the head after repeated striking with the sledge. This lip catches against the top surface of the round and won't allow the wedge to sink through the split. The solution is to machine off the mushrooming or to buy new wedges.

While the wood grenade does have a tendency to break at the tip (I did that just this morning, after seven good years), it has never mushroomed on me.


The wood grenade works really well for me, I got one the other day at a market here in Ireland cost €10.
Just one warning, I was splitting a really tough bit of wood and after a BIG swing with the back of the 6lb maul the grenade popped out and struck me point first in the ankle, luckily I was wearing stout steel toed boots and the point hit a padded area, resulting in no damage.
I am sure that I I hadn't been wearing boots I would be in serious pain now.

Rob Foster

We split all sorts of wood by
hand - whatever our friendly tree surgeon drops off. Anything from
8 - 14 inch dia and up to 2 feet or so long. It is usually wet
often soaked.

The wood grenade is really very good. We start off by tapping the
point in with a heavy lump hammer and then finishing off with the sledgehammer. Dont start off in the middle but split off decent chunks working inwards.

Then finish off with the axe or hand axe. We pay £5.00 ish for ours


i just broke two wedges with in 20minutes after 2 years. I am thinking that it might have been to could for the steel. It waw about 2 degrees out

Electric Log Splitter

I agree in you that splitting fire wood can be mighty satisfying and safe to everyone so need to use other method in cutting woods.

Iron and Oak wood splitter

Mushrooming can be dangerous if the metal starts to break off when you strike it. Take a grinder to it every once in awhile.


I broke mine today. it is a great tool and i enjoy the exercise.


Very good invention the Wood Grenade, quite practical and comfortable, much better than the dangerous axes.

Tree Surgeon Stevenage

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