If you are wondering what is the best option a log splitter or a firewood processor you should first understand the difference between the two.
A log splitter takes logs that range from 18 to 24 inches in length depending on the model and style that you have chosen and then splits the logs into firewood for you.
A firewood processor has the ability to process large amounts of firewood in a short time, with some models having the ability to produce 2-4 cords of firewood in a single hour. The choice really depends on your budget as well as the mass of firewood that is needed to be produced. Firewood processors are typically used in the commercial industry and can process long tree length timber which range up to 16” in diameter producing large amounts of firewood ready logs quickly.
There are different types of log splitters available depending on the needs of the consumer: gas powered, electric powered and manual models. To find out more about each, read our log splitter buyer’s guide. The cost of these machines can range greatly from $100 up to $2000 dollars or more depending on the amount of splitting capacity and other features that are chosen. This is a far cry from the tens of thousands of dollars that you will typically pay for a firewood processer and is often the deciding factor when a non-commercial consumer is choosing between a log splitter and a firewood processor. Log splitters are typically used by homeowners who heat their own house with firewood and need to have a steady supply on hand. Firewood processers are typically used by commercial companies who need to produce large amounts of firewood daily to sell for commercial use to farms, consumers, and elsewhere.
The typical consumer is not going to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a firewood processor to merely split enough wood for their own private use; the cost is simply not justified. For the average homeowner that needs to split large logs regularly a gas log splitter may be the best option due to the larger length and diameter logs in which these machines can handle. For everyday use for small logs or when using as a recreational activity such as camping, an electric log splitter can also do the trick and can be purchased rather inexpensively with many models only costing around $300. Manual log splitters only provide up to approximately 10 tons of splitting capacity and are used by consumers who do not need to handle large and knotty logs.
So if you are determining which is better for your needs a firewood processor or a log splitter, you will need to determine the size of the logs that you are in need of splitting, the amount of wood that you are in need of producing, as well as the amount of money that you are willing to spend. Most average consumers do not find that the investment of a firewood processer is beneficial and typically choose a log splitter over a firewood processer. A firewood processor is the best choice for a commercial company who needs the capability of producing many cords of firewood a day.