Had to pass along my experience with my fire wood tools this moose season.
Until now, I've always gone on hunt trips with an ATV and could take a small chainsaw. This time, a Supercub was the method of transport, so, no chainsaw. I have to admit, I was a bit freaked out about the firewood capability without a chainsaw. I like a good campfire! I asked a LOT of sourdoughs and got all sorts of answers.
So, I knew I'd have to cut wood, and split it.
I chose the Gerber splitting axe and Wyoming Saw II.
The axe: Awesome. I needed something that would do all chopping, hammering, splitting, and this thing delivers in spades. It definitely needs to be kept away from rocks in the dirt though because the edge doesn't defy physics but I took a largish diamond sharpener from AIH for super easy edge maintenance. The length of the axe is perfect. It's not this huge thing that gets in the way, but still allows a long overhead strike for heavy chopping. It has a splitting sweep to the back of the blade. It does a fantastic job. It is not heavy like a maul so it's a great thing for a fly-in camp. Overall, I'm sold. If I lost it tomorrow, I'd buy another. The price is right too.
The saw: At first, I was doubtful. But, after using it, I'm sold. The bone blade with that long stroke makes moose parting so easy too. For firewood, it'll go more than half way through a black spruce and that's all that's needed. The blades that come with the saw are excellent. I bought a spare of each but did not need them.
So, chop tree down with Gerber axe and drag to camp. Sit around and cut up my rounds with the Wyoming saw. Split with Gerber axe.
Just a simple chore but having the right tools sure makes camp life nicer.