How Long Does it Take to Split a Cord of Wood?

There is no simple and straightforward answer to this question, as there are simply too many variables.

Someone with a splitting maul may split right around a cord in about 6 hours or so. But even then, the results here hugely depend on the type of wood as well – if it’s softwood, the time needed can be significantly reduced.

Now if you were to have a log splitter and a helping hand, you can cut that time down a lot more – it is not uncommon to run through a cord every hour with such setup. Yes, you heard me right!

Not needing to pickup every single round off the ground by yourself is what shaves off the biggest chunk of time.

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  1. hey, my name is nathan and im wodering how do i split wood with knots i dont have a wedge and its very frustrating

    1. Good day Nathan! Splitting gnarly, knotty and twisted rounds is probably the worst part about processing firewood…

      But it’s not the end of the world really, as long as you are willing to break out the saw.

      Deal with those knotty rounds by noodling, in other words, chopping them up in half or more with the chainsaw. You’d be surprised how well it works!

      Once you get them open, you should be able to divide what’s left into smaller pieces by hand.

      This video shows what i’m talking about:

      Good luck!

      1. You can also read the round (wood) on where to split it at correctly & most often of the time it will split for you.

  2. An inexpensive steel splitting wedge and the biggest sledge you’re comfortable enough swinging repeatedly will even save more time. With really knotty wood, a partial noodle with the chainsaw, then place or tap the steel splitting wedge in enough to stay, finally one big swing with the sledge, and you’re done. Splitting mauls don’t usually have the proper hammering face that a sledge does, nor the weight, so a sledge will quite out-perform a maul.

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