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Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter

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  • A safe and easy way to make kindling with no moving blade or sharpened object passing by your hands
  • Splits firewood with less force than a standard axe
  • 6.5in. inside diameter top ring
  • Made of high-quality cast iron in Australia
  • Virtually maintenance-free

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If you need to create kindling for your campfire, wood stove, fireplace or pizza oven and you don’t want to risk injury by using an axe, the Kindling Cracker is just what you need. Built in Australia with an award-winning, patented design, it's the safer, faster and easier way to make the best kindling for your fire.

The Kindling Cracker delivers real-world ingenuity from an unlikely source — a school-age student who was determined to avoid injuries from splitting firewood into kindling. The simple, safe and easy-to-use design that began as a science fair project has become a perennial award winner, from science fairs in New Zealand to regional and international recognition from Scientific American, International TeenBusiness, Google and more.

Quality, Premium Build

The Kindling Cracker is made in an Australian foundry. It consists of one solid piece of high-quality cast iron, so it's something that your grandkids' grandkids will use to split their own kindling, if cared for and used correctly. The only maintenance it needs is a bit brushing off and maybe a touch of paint from time to time to look like new for generations.

Safe and Easy to Use

The Kindling Cracker is a top-grade cast iron splitting head mounted inside of a 12in.H cast iron frame. To make a perfect piece of kindling, place a piece of firewood inside the iron safety ring and strike with a blunt instrument, such as a hammer, mallet or even another piece of wood. This drives the wood down onto the splitting wedge for a quick, easy split. There is no need to swing a sharp axe blade dangerously close to your hands. It's the perfect companion for your backyard stack of firewood, creating perfect kindling for your fireplace, fire pit, pizza oven, sauna, barbecue or smoker.


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Very nifty -- using a 4lb mallet, I split pieces of wood about 4-5 inches across into thumb-size, and smaller kindling. At my fireplace, I used to baton slices off a piece of firewood with a thick Becker BK2 knife. But with kids and pets running around, wielding a large blade or hatchet isn't really a great idea. This is a great item to quickly make your kindling without chopping (you must smash though). Make sure to avoid wood with knots in it, and don't go too thick-- a piece of wood just smaller than the diameter of the safety ring can get stuck in the ring after it splits. It is a hoot to use though-- just messing around trying it out for a few minutes, I filled a whole Jet Sled with kindling. If you're not a big fan of using axes, you will like this.
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When I saw the story behind the Mighty Girl that invented this, I just had to have one for my camping trips. I tested it right away with a log and small steel mallet and it worked perfectly without too much effort on my part. I applaud the girl who invented this product and hope she continues to bring her imagination and ideas to humankind.
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I have been heating my home with a wood burning stove for decades. So I've cut and split my share of firewood, using chainsaws, axes, mauls, wedges and sledgehammers. I purchased this device a few weeks ago to see if it would ease my kindling production. To date I have split seasoned oak, ash, maple and many other kinds of wood. As long as I keep the wood lengths to 10-12 inches and no larger than 6" in diameter this tool works exactly as described. I mounted it onto a section of knotty pine for a stable base and I use a 4# maul with a synthetic handle. The Cracker is made of cast iron and because it is always outside I anticipate it will surface rust soon. Big deal. I'm splitting kindling, not drinking champagne from it. Highly recommended for those who know what they are doing.

Six month update: After six months the Kindling Splitter still deserves 5 stars. I attached two photographs to show my actual Splitter next to my woodpile. Six months of exposure to rain, snow, heat and cold. Works like a charm. I bought a second one for the Michigan cabin.
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By RC on August 3, 2015
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The quality of this tool is the best I've ever seen in a cast iron device. Makes splitting kindling a breeze. Highly recommend.
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Another pleasantly impressed user. I purchased this as a last shot before having to purchase a power splitter. We have wood from tree cuttings from the last three years. The old ones are hard as rocks, i had about given up getting them in shape for the firepit. On a lark, I purchased this device as I was purchasing something else for the boss (wife). Opened the box and thought "my toy is here". Nope, it's a very good tool.

I used to fight with hatchets, mallet, wedge, and severe cuss words from trying to stabilized wood and get the right angle to get it to split. WIth this, it's a matter of a couple small taps to start, then 3-5 hits with a small mallet and the wood is split. If a piece it too big, just split it again. I would recommend stabilizing it, made a big difference for me. It's currently on a bench (a tad high, but not really a problem), with a coupld of bolts to hold it in place - easy to take off as needed. Only issue I have is that the old wood tends to leave lots of dust and crap that needs to be cleaned up. Minor price to pay.

I don't review everything, and I sure as heck don't always give 5 starts. Worth it here, though.
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By KD on September 13, 2015
This tool is outstanding. We have a woodstove and use this kindling cracker frequently. I love the fact that it was designed by a very young girl and is a family run business. Even my 9 year old daughter can use it safely without any difficulty. A very solid product.
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I have been heating my home with wood for a couple of years. I tried to split the old fashioned way, but I just couldn't get the hang of it, and was afraid of hurting myself. I have also paid others to split for me. I bought his as a way for me to just create a few small pieces of kindling from the cord of wood I bought, for fire starters. For this purpose, it works BEAUTIFULLY. I have tested on a variety of logs - small roundish logs from a downed tree in my yard, already split very dry wood for this year's fire - yes, if the wood is harder, it takes a few more "whacks" but I could not find a piece of the many laying around my yard, that would not split. I'm a middle aged female, not weak, but not super strong either. The box says to use a "hammer" or another piece of wood. IGNORE that, and just buy yourself a 4# mallet. I tried with both a household hammer & another piece of wood - neither of those methods works. Not sure why they don't just specifically say to use a mallet on the packaging, it makes a huge difference. I set the device on top of a nice stump, keep it level! I did not attach mine to the stump, although it has drill holes so you can. If you are splitting an already small log, you can steady it by holding with your non dominant hand about mid way down, and a few light taps on top to "set" the piece, then you can let go & use your full force to give it a couple of good whacks. It does make a pleasant ringing sound. First time I've actually ever enjoyed splitting wood!
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