The Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter is a great, handy tool for your kindling needs. Since it is simple and lightweight, it also makes a great addition to your camping supplies.
As it is made from cast iron, the Kindling Cracker will hold up well to the test of time. Despite being durable, the Kindling Cracker is made to keep you safe while splitting kindling.
Since this splitter is relatively small, it is best suited for kindling splitting rather than full-on log splitting. If you are not looking to split large logs, however, the Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter is a great choice.
While the Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter is a fairly stripped down log splitter, it has all the necessary features to make it one of the best options. Since it is made to split kindling specifically, there is no need for extra bells and whistles.
When compared to other similar kindling slitters, the Kindling Cracker comes out on top. Some its great features include:
- Keeps the log steady and your hands out of the way
- 5 inch diameter top ring and 12 inches tall
- Cast iron construction
- Maintenance-free upkeep
- Requires less force than a traditional ax or wedge approach
- Weight: 10 pounds
- Great for camping as it is lightweight and portable
- Safe for children to use – it was even invented by a child
- Holds up relatively well to inclement weather
- Simple and safe
- The curved blade helps get the split started easily
- Eliminates the need for an ax and works well with a small mallet
- It can be screwed down to your work surface to keep it steady
- It does not split through hard and seasoned woods
- Only works with relatively small logs which means you may have to pre-split the wood before using the Kindling Cracker
- Rusts when left outside for an extended period
- Needs to be screwed down to a surface for stability, which decreases the portability
The Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter does its job well overall. Since it is lightweight and portable, you can easily take it with you on your camping trips.
Although it is portable, however, the Kindling Cracker is a little on the small side and needs to be screwed down for stability. Since it is made for kindling, the size should not be a huge problem, but the stability can be bothersome.
One downside to the size is that the Kindling Cracker is not well suited for large to average sized logs like would be delivered in a cord. Since part of the draw of the splitter is that it eliminates the need for an ax, needing to pre-split the wood is a major setback.
Presuming you are using smaller logs to begin with, the Kindling Cracker will certainly make your life easier, especially when camping. Since it is durable while remaining lightweight, it is a great addition to your camping supplies, especially if you are camping with children too.
Comparisons and Possible Alternatives
If the Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter does not totally fit your needs, there are a couple decent alternatives on the market. While there are no kindling splitters exactly like the Kindling Cracker, there are other setups that work well too.
One option is the Plow & Hearth Stikkan Wall Mount Kindling Splitter. Like the Kindling Cracker, it is also made from cast iron, but it is meant to be installed in a permanent location rather than portable.
As with the Kindling Cracker, the Plow & Hearth eliminates the need for an ax. It also, however, only works for smaller logs. Since it is only twenty-three inches in length total, it is really only suited for logs up to fourteen inches long.
Another option is the Collins Wood Splitting Wedge. Like the Kindling Cracker, it is extremely portable and lightweight, but it does take a bit more force since it is only the wedge part of it and not a whole frame.
If you are looking for the most simple, portable approach, the Collins Wood Splitting Wedge is a good option. Unlike the other two options, however, it is not well suited for children.
Overall, the Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter is a great option due to its portability and simplicity. When compared to other options, it has a number of things in its corner.
Firstly, the Kindling Cracker is safe for most ages, making it a great family camping addition. Although it is on the small side, it is extremely effective at splitting kindling with little effort.
Secondly, it is lightweight, yet durable. Since it is made from cast iron, it will last. It is, however, also lightweight at only ten pounds.
The one thing the Kindling Cracker lacks besides the size is stability. Other options, however, sacrifice portability for stability, so you simply have to choose which fits your needs better.