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How to Split Firewood

Build a better fire all on your own. Here's how to choose and split firewood without losing any digits.

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1. Choose hardwoods like oak and maple for long, hot burning.

2. Axes are for serial killers—and feeling trees. You want a splitting maul. Try Husqvarna's classic model ($77; husqvarna.com).

3. Head speed is everything. Get it moving fast and true and it'll do the work for you: Grip the handle at the base; Slide your dominant hand up the shaft as you raise the maul, down it during the swing; and, as they say in baseball, swing through your target. And no sandals.

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