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21 Nov 11 Homestead Series How To Cut And Split Firewood

Some helpful tips on fire wood. Showing how to cut firewood and the tools you will need.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

A look at the MSR MiniWorks EX ceramic water filter—for backpacking.

Tags: firewood, Homestead, Series, Split

Reader's Comments

  1. |

    I had a hell of a time splitting fresh cut ash here in MN with a 8lb maul. Do you know if it’s easier if it dries for 6 months?

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    @BushcraftNard21 That’s not nearly as dry as it could be. There’s a difference between “Will burn” and “Will burn hot, clean and without hassle”.

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    how much wood can you hand split per day

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    i used to be a stihl man i switched to echo man there are awsome better than stihl hands down & cheaper

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    nice vid you should come to my woods we have all kinds of trees you could take and would gladley split them with ya and the typs on how to split the wood i would normaly use a sledge hamer and a wedge but since i have seen your vid i can split with an axe but i have to make shur its sharpper than hell for it to work and thanks again for posting this vid lots of help twordes me and i am shur that others bemeffented from this vid i will have to reccomend you to one of my other friends thanks again

  6. |

    Hey, move down here. The place across the road is empty. :)

  7. |

    I just started splitting wood and the tip about how to remove an ax from the wood was helpful.

  8. |

    Great vid, but man the the edges on the axes look toothy as hell! I guess it’s not a big deal for splitting, but I usually keep all of my axes shaving sharp.

  9. |

    that pine will mold if its on the ground and it rains on it it doesnt take long

  10. |

    great ideas.

  11. |

    Ill have to come up and split a few with ya. looks like work but i could use the practice lol

  12. |

    Thanks again for this. I wish I had seen this before I knocked a large chunk of wood into my shin. Quite painful. Again thank you.

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    3:29 applause, applause

  14. |

    Great information! thanks

  15. |

    I like the face you have drawn on your hand,you are a good family man.

  16. |

    No, I’m from the Southern USA. I’ve been looking to buy some land in Northern Ontario. There is some cheap land near Sault Ste Marie.

  17. |

    well were not sure are you from there??

  18. |

    thanks well on a smaller log like in my demo with no knots in it i would mabey bother but with the lager more knoty ones it helps oh yeh if theres a big knot when spliting by hand out the knot down and with a splitter start with the knot

  19. |

    Ive been cutting firewood for nearly 40 years, and the technique of dividing a piece of wood to spilt Id never thought about thanks

  20. |

    Yes, this was helpful. Thank you.

  21. |

    Are you planning to move to Northern Ontario? Nice vid.

  22. |

    good explanation.. thank’s for this lesson..

  23. |

    Great review. Thanks

  24. |

    Thanks for the break down. There is a ceramic MSR now, with a charcoal core too. I am watching all of the videos where these filtration systems are concerned, and the ceramic MSR (although requiring a little more care) seems to be the most effective, and durable. Thanks for the video. The information helped a lot. ~Wolf

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    @minibulldesign Absolutely. Even crystal clear mountain streams have biological micro-organisms, that need to be eliminated. The MSR, with a Seri-pen (or water tabs, etc.) is a complete system. The filter alone, is not sufficient enough to keep you from getting some pretty nasty intestinal difficulties on the trail. But if you have both systems working together (a charcoal core is recommended for taste and smell), you can reasonably drink out of a pothole.

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    @minibulldesign You should be worried animals can give you viruses just the same as people and since alot use the water you drink for the same plus they go to the bathroom in and to clean them selves off you can catch worse then you will around people you can even get many stomach viruses, flu’s and even hepatitis A.

  27. |

    The filter has a carbon element inside of the ceramic cylinder… the siltstopper attachment that you put on doesn’t. I believe that is simply a 40/50 micrometer pre-filter to catch, well, silt!

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    Real Good Review

  29. |

    how much are the replacement filters and were do you get them from

  30. |

    Good review..!!! Have you tried the Katadyn Hiker Pro..? 100g lighter, but a 0.3 micron filter. A 5 minute min. rolling boil should kill the little bugs or a Steripen U.V. treatment will also help for good clean water.

  31. |

    Are you still using this filter today, 03-03-10? I am thinking of through hiking in 1 year, and I wanted to see your thoughts on using this filter the WHOLE trail. I dont like the chemicals. Let me know.

  32. |

    Thanks tinny, great review.

  33. |

    Thanks Tinny, I was looking at buying one of these but like to see a little more info on things beforehand. I like it. Keep up the good work!

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    In the USA, you probably don’t have to worry about viruses as much. I think viruses in water are rare here (though not unheard of). In other countries, especially developing countries, you will definitely want the ability to filter viruses. Usually this means boiling or using chemicals (unless you have RO or distillation options).

    Ceramic filters might remove some of the larger viruses, but there are viruses as small as 20nm.

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    I am not worried about viruses in the wild away from people.—should I be?

  36. |

    It wont take out most viruses. The smallest virus is 25 nanometers, that’s several times smaller than the .2 microns pore size of this ceramic filer (which is about 200 nanometers).

    So, you will still need to boil or use chemicals if you want to take out viruses in the field. That is unless you use some of the filters that claim to be able to filter down to a few nm (the “lifesaver bottle” claims to have a pore size of 15nm).

  37. |

    Tinny would you say this filter is a better filter than the Katadyn Hiker Pro?

  38. |

    Water purification is becoming such an important topic! I am doing a series on water that really adds to what you are saying. Surf on over!

  39. |

    I think this came from Campmor and is a product sold by the company that makes PUR water filters —as an add on. I think my filter came with a free one.

  40. |

    Tinny, where do you get the charcoal filter to attach to the water filter to make the water taste better? By the way, I like your videos….thanks.

  41. |

    northwoodsdude… are wrong fucktard…so stfu…water filters work better than you stupid ass thinks…so shut the fuck up.

  42. |

    thanks tinny, I see so many toys and yet what does work simplest and gets the job done is always he question. That jandle looks annoying as you stated, but better’n dysentary.

  43. |

    gosh we have this same filter and love it but for some reason we’ve never really taken it apart! I cleaned it out tonight after seeing your video and glad we did!!! Now i can take better care of our filter :) keep up the good work and thanks for sharing

  44. |

    If you contact the maker they are offering a new and more open filter replacement cartridge for the hyperflow for free

  45. |

    Ugh! Mine will not purge when upright! It is brand new and the instructions clearly state DO NOT INVERT TO PURGE FILTER…. WTF am I suppose to do? I am not impressed that this thing won’t purge upright… its 2009 for F sakes.

  46. |

    I have a couple of tips. I own that exact same filter and the manufacture recommends that after your done using it you set the ceramic filter out to dry for a few days (this will prevent mold from growing on the filter it self ) Also It’s a good Idea to make sure that the O ring is properly seated in the casing. I usually carry chap stick with me and apply a little on the O ring to insure it seals properly, but wax, or even spit will work. Thanks and great video.