Camping Equipment: Camping With The Mighty Axe
It's a beautiful day here in northern BC, Canada. The snow is melting very fast, although I expect more snow to fall before it's over for this winter. The weather puts an itch in you that's hard to scratch. The itch is to go camping, but that will have to wait for a while. In the meantime, there is preparation activities to relieve the itch.
I dug out my axes today. They need to be sharpened I'll use the power grinder to do that.
While I was looking at them, I realized how important it is to have the right best axe for the job you are doing. Here is a description of the three axes that I recommend:
A Splitting Maul: It has no other use than to split wood. You cannot chop across the grain with it, and it's impossible to clear brush with. The blade is very thick. Its weight is considerable. The combination of weight and thick blade makes it ideal for splitting on the end grain. If you are campground camping and the wood supplied is big, this is the axe you would want. If you are wilderness camping and not moving around, you will likely be sawing wood. You will need this axe. The splitting maul will tolerate a bit of dullness.
A Brushing or Chopping Axe: Because the blade is very thin, it is excellent for cutting brush, and if you have to cut cross grain it's good for that. However, if you try to split blocks of wood, this axe will get stuck in the block all of the time. You will also find it very hard to get it unstuck. This axe likes to be sharp.
A Combination Axe: This blade is a little thicker than the Chopping Axe and a little thinner than the Splitting Maul. You can use it successfully for both splitting and chopping. It won't do the job as well as the axes devoted for those jobs, but it is a good compromise. It too likes to be sharp.
If you do a lot of splitting, then you have to get a splitting maul. If you are wilderness camping and on the move a lot, then you want the Chopping Axe. You will see guys using it for small chopping jobs, even whittling. When am traveling by truck and camper, as opposed to trekking, I will usually take two axes - the Splitting Maul and A Chopping Axe. If you want to buy only one axe, then make it Combination Axe. Keep it sharp, it will serve you well.
by vofos on 2020-05-21 08:36:26
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