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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-25-2019, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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For compact backcountry use, what gear do you guys use for wood processing purposes? Feel free to chime in and let me know what you think.

Here’s a quick video I put together breaking down the differences between many of the different options

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-27-2019, 08:44 AM
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I'm not much for hatchets or tomahawks for processing wood. A Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe or a Boys Axe style are much more efficient and weigh very little more than the average hatchet. I'd gladly put up with the small amount of extra weight for the savings of time and effort to process wood. I can always choke up on the handle to do fine work, but I can't extend the hatchet handle if I need to do heavier work!

BTW - I like the way you fast forwarded the axe and saw chopping and cutting! Made for a good demonstration without wasting a lot of time watching it.
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most of what camping i do i don't have to process wood to the
extent a lot of folks do. i'll gather up dead wood and the wood
i can't stomp and break into shorter lengths, i'll burn it shorter.
i do carry a hatchet to chop if i feel particularly energetic, or to
use the poll side as a hammer. i don't usually need to make
big wood smaller. i have several big true temper kelly perfect
real axes if i need to chop a lot, or fire up a chainsaw

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I have heated with firewood my whole life and all of my axes/hatchets say Plumb on them. Most are old like me but you can shave with them. I do all of my sawing with a 25 year old Stihl commercial saw.
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Folding Sven saw for backpacking. Light weight, safe to carry, safer that a swinging blade, and capable of handling anything a light axe would handle. Just cannot use it to drive tent stakes. but you could cut a short length of wood with the saw to drive stakes.

For car camping, a 24 or 30 inch bow saw. If you anticipate 4 inch or larger diameter fire wood, add an axe to split a few pieces to start a fire.

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My Silky Zubat Hand saw is by far my favourite for most purposes

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