Science Energy Hand-Powered Log Splitter: A Safe Alternative to the Axe (Video) By Sami Grover Writer The University of Hull University of Copenhagen Sami Grover is a writer and self-described “environmental do-gooder,” now advising community organizations. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Sami Grover Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image Share Twitter Pinterest Email Science Renewable Energy Fossil Fuels From effective masonry heaters to beautiful Danish wood stoves, the Scandinavians know a thing or two about heating with wood. And as Collin stated in his post on wood stoves vs pellet stoves, with trees being a near carbon neutral source of energy, efficient wood burning could play a significant role in greening home heating. As someone who just spent way too much money on propane last winter, I am looking at buying a wood stove this year. But I'm not much good with an axe, and I hate the idea of a gasoline-burning log splitter. Lucklily, the Scandinavians may have come to the rescue once again—enter the smart log splitter. A hand-powered device that claims to take the backache (and danger) out of splitting your own firewood. Designed in Sweden, the Smart Log Splitter claims to be a safe and simple substitute for an axe. Using a 7 pound striking weight, the splitter strikes an axe blade into the log at great force, without ever having to raise the blade. I was skeptical at first, but the video below shows some pretty darned impressive results. In the US it retails at $109.99 via Bailey's Online (who have a whole bunch of other useful equipment for would-be wood burners). Bailey's, who clearly know a thing or two about wood, suggest it's best for small to medium-sized logs, or for already split firewood.