Daily wedge thread.
Pic is mine, made of aluminum, very light, easy addition to any kit. Can split logs for days with no worries at all.
Lets kill this batoning meme shit.
I do have a wedge but I don't carry it with me. I've never really needed to split wood outside of home use. I can see where it would be a good carry while /out/ if you know you're going to need a lot of lumber for fires. Mine always gives me great uniform splits, and you can use absolutely anything to drive it. Never let me down once. Tip: its best to leave it dull , that way the split goes with the grain. I have seen people sharpen their splitting wedge, but this allows the wedge to cut its own path and you end up working against the grain of the wood creating a LOT of friction.
Ampco Safety Tools flange wedge
Nonsparking, Corrosion Resistant, Beryllium free
$10.21 on Amazon
I give it five stars, works great. Though I don't end up needing it much... when i do its a life-saver.
Is wedge-ing really a thing?
pic related, from amazon.. sorry I don't have pictures of my wedge just floating around.
Do you actually carry a wedge while hiking?? That's what you, or somebody seemed to be implying in a thread earlier anyway. What do you hit it with?
A metal wedge is very useful for helping split bigger side rounds for firewood but I wouldn't carry one with me. If I'm working with chainsaws I have a load of plastic felling wedges that are handy for all kinds of shit. And some high-lift suckers too.
I've recently taken to wedging more when splitting firewood for large logs, I can place it where I want to get the splits I want and just keep hitting it until the log splits
As opposed to my fiskars (great for small logs) but struggles with the larger stuff sometimes
My fiskars if actually great in the 4-5 years I've owned it I have split 12-14 cords or so with it
Not bad at all, my sledge is an American head and I like it, but I'm fine with my fiskars for smaller stuff
I bought a titanium spliting wedge that weighs 13.4 ozs for backpacking.
It only cost me $380USD ONE TIME and is stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum.
Carries and splits like a dream wedge!
I would like a titanium Dutch Oven next.
Isn't it only possible to use a wedge on cross-cut logs? Because that would seem like it would only do you any good if you carried a chainsaw.
I've never needed logs for a fire. One fallen pine branch has tinder, kindling and enough fuel to burn for about half an hour. That'll boil water and cook a trout or two for dinner. If you're car camping and just sitting around a fire drinking then you can bring your firewood pre-split.
But aluminum gives you Alzhiemer's and titanium does not.
I still like my brain and a Dutch Oven traps the heat really well.
Plus, Mr. Perfesser, you did not link to an aluminum Dutch Oven, which would give you Alzhiemer's anyways.
At first this sounds like a lot, then again, if I break a few nice knives like this batoning like a degenerate then I've already almost paid for it, while having nothing to show for it.
10/10 would wedge with.
For the weight and size its an easy addition to your kit, and gives you the option of splitting wood with something you're meant to split wood with. I can get that not everyone wants to carry a maul, but when you can pack a wedge for relatively cheap (in price, weight, and size) for splitting, using a knife seems silly. If you take the time to watch batoning videos and whatnot, it means you want to split wood (for whatever reason). So why not invest in a purpose built woodsplitter? I thought it was a meme at first but for $15 shipped, I kind of want to try it.
>tfw thinking of all that prime split kindling
I never use a wedge while camping or hiking but I do burn wood to heat my house and split everything with a couple of wedges + a sledge hammer. Two wedges are required cuz when splitting, the first wedge will sometimes get stuck and the second one is needed to free it.
When you have to split a large quantity of firewood a wedge is better because it is safer to swing a sledge hammer when fatigued than a maul, and also a little lighter. Plus, with a wedge you can control exactly where it splits
Wow you really want things spelled out for you, maybe /out/ isn't your thing. You generally have to think for yourself sometimes or even get creative.
Oh man, sorry I've invaded your safe space with my wedge advocacy, I hope you didnt lose any sleep over someone on the internet telling you about wedges. My testosterone is just so astronomical, its probably because I actually spend a good bit of time outdoors.
Use your head, you should know what you need and what you don't. The point is , if you're in a situation where you're now having to use a knife to split wood, you're just plain unprepared m8.
Wedge story time
>"camping" with extended
>bring unsplit wood because no time to do it
>somewhere in the shuffle of packing the sledge gets unpacked
>get to campground
>time for fire
>realize the hammer is missing
>be known as kind of a brute to my family (not a the violent kind, but the strong back weak mind kind)
>joking around one of me says we should just have me rip the logs in half
>laugh it off but it gives me an idea
>set wedge by hand
>stomp wedge as hard as I can with my foot
>split log on first stomp
>ankle began to hurt again (I had broken it in wrestling but put off getting it looked at so I could have my chance at state and it's never been right since)
>split the rest using the wood
>fire is built everyone having a good time
When backpacking, a hatchet would be superior to a wedge. A hatchet will split wood of the size you will likely cut with a bow or folding saw plus it can be used to de-limb or cut to length any deadfall wood you come across.
>not making your own
>actually carrying around dead weight you don't need
>>Flakes can chip off and fly in any direction
Yes, I'm the one that posted the pic and I can verify that that not only flakes come off but also large pieces. When struck, the pieces can fly out with extreme force. On one occasion, my son was standing nearby and was struck in the thigh by a piece the size of a grape making him cry and leaving a bruise. I always wear safety goggles when using them and I do indeed trim them down regularly. The wedge in the pic with the long curls was sort of an experiment. I was curious to see just how long the curls could get before cracking.
>thermal conductivity is only 1/10
thats with equal material thickness
Ti cookware is thinner than aluminum due to its strength, so what is lost in conductivity versus a material of the same thickness is made up for by the fact that there is less material that needs heated.
in other words it will take about the same time and an about an equal amout of fuel to cook in aluminum or Titanium, except the titanium saves you a few ounces of weight
You guys are aware that all the wedges you are showing are not designed for splitting wood right? They are for sticking into the cut when you are felling a tree so the tree doesn't flex and pinch the saw blade making it get stuck.