Fast firewood…without a chainsaw

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  • #21129

    Grizzlyette Adams

    In many survival or SHTF situations, it may not always be practical to cut firewood with a chainsaw. You may be out of fuel, on the move, or maybe you don’t have a chainsaw (or any kind of saw).

    Many of us have done the “whacking” thing for breaking branches into useful firewood…and for those who have not, here is the method to the madness:

  • #21131


    One caveat I did not notice guy say at any point it has to be dry dead fall this won’t work on green wood


    For camping it is quickest way for sure, thanks for sharing,

  • #21134

    Grizzlyette Adams

    Good catch, Namelus!

    Here’s some more tips (hattip to Dalewick):

    When possible use softwoods (conifers) preferably and wood that’s been down long enough to be very dry on the inside. Some tree species, like oak, hickory, ash, etc are way harder to break this way and if it’s green at all, it won’t. Sometimes it’s just easier to start your fire and then just feed your wood into it or burn from the middle for longer pieces that won’t break.

  • #21135

    Grizzlyette Adams

    Some SHTF situations may call for a quieter way to harvest firewood: a bow saw and a sawbuck will do the job.

    Try Harvesting Smaller Diameter Firewood With A Bow Saw And Sawbuck

  • #21138


    There are also log feeders for fires the pioneers used think  V made with  fire in middle the logs are stacked like bullets in a magazine but on an angle  as bottom log burns the heat helps dry the next logs in line. Once burnt through kick ends into fire pit and next log rolls Don to start burning.


    If you get a bow or buck saw make sure you get a sharping guide it makes it way easier to sharpen. If a two person saw it takes practice to get it right. The other thing is use rancid fats on blades ir helps slide through sappy wood and after sawING to keep rust free.  There is an item called a log ox I would get one now along with log clamp/tongs makes handling larger diameter stuff way easier.


    Make a log X to hold logs for sawING at right height saves your back.  A log X is just two lashed together logs works like a saw house for cutting lumber. Make the x from rough barked trees as it stops the log being cut from rolling. Having a light wheeled lumber wagon is a good buy right now after pulling wood any distance will be a pain. Make sure  big wheel diameter or ruts potholes and snow make it extra hard to pull/push. Make sure if larger wagon it has brakes which are hand  activated uncontrolled decent can be an epiphany and religious moment. We have a plastic person pull able sled for winter aswell. Wood pile is 300 yards from house in pole barn.

    Making harness for our great pyrenees to help pull winter wood.



    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  namelus.
  • #21151

    Crow Bar

    I have a few wire saws (they can double as snares) and one . . . heck, I dont even recall what it is called.
    Imagine a length of a chainsaw, with two nylon handles on each end. It works but is something of a work out for anything bigger than 4inches. Folds up into a pouch about the size of my fist.

  • #29746

    ACE Cabrazzi

    Very good information,I will definitely use your method


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