So the sticks have been cut, but what happens next?
Well, those small enough to burn in the fireplace are stored away. The larger ones need to be split. Pip and Jess were on paw to help.
The log splitter fits onto the back of the tractor, and uses its power to work. The flat end pushes the logs into the sharp end. The wood splits in two. You keep splitting the sticks until they are small enough to fit in the fire and burn well.
Sometimes the wood is hard, and the sticks can get stuck on the sharp end. (Sledge) hammer time!
The tractor is running loudly to drive the splitter, but it doesn't bother the dogs at all, unlike the chainsaw.
That's a big pile of split sticks behind Pip!
The split sticks are ready to be stored along with the rest until the cold weather comes.