The Best Kind of Gloves For Splitting and Moving Firewood

Protecting your hands when working with firewood is an important thing to do, at least in my world.

And i know that there are a ton of people who might completely disagree with me, call me a wimp and all this and all that… but again, i cherish my hands, in hopes they look that good for as long as they can.

Anyways, if you’re into this sort of thing, this blog post was written for you!

Rubber coated is the way to go

The best kind of gloves for firewood processing, that is, splitting, moving, stacking, picking, you name it, are rubber dipped.

Yes, they don’t breathe as well as leather. Yes, they collect sweat, but man, don’t they last a longer time…

Regular work gloves wear out so quick doing the firewood thing. And i mean it – you can wear out the fingertips after just one day of work!

That rubber layer is what makes them stand the test of time. Not to mention, that same rubber coat also improves the grip a lot too, and we all know how slippery wood can be!

What pair to get?

It doesn’t really matter what you go for, honestly. These types of work gloves can be purchased at pretty much any hardware store out there; they normally go for around 2$ a pair.

But if you want to get the best ones out there, you can’t go wrong with the Atlas Fit from Amazon (link).

I know that i sound like a salesman here, but seriously – this kind seems to last even longer than just about any pair you can get!

Personally i have never used them... but i heard so many great reviews from just about any line of work, which require durable hand protection – firewood included.

There are homeowners who swear that a pack of 12 can last you over a year of constant use – now that sounds like a great deal, ain’t it?

And what about winter?

As long as it is not freezing outside, the gloves i recommend should be more than capable to keep your hands from getting cold (especially if you are constantly moving, that is).

If you feel the need, SHOWA also makes insulated Atlas’es.

Should you be wearing gloves when splitting?

I think you should. I always do, that’s for sure.

There’s always the argument that you become less accurate, or in general, less aware of the axe, or splitting maul if you do not handle one with your bare hands.

I guess that could be true, but throughout the years i’ve been doing this kind of stuff, i never noticed i am “less sharp” if i wear gloves when swinging the maul.

At the end of the day, my hands get beat up if i don’t wear them, even if i just solely focus on splitting, not particularly lifting and handling pieces.

All that touching, round repositioning, lifting split pieces sure does a number on them. Nothing worse than coming home with hands covered in calluses, blisters and splinters!

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