#1941: Heatchet

Despite the damage it no doubt does to the environment, by pumping out carbon dioxide, I do like my wood burning stove.

I don’t like the job of starting fires though -especially the business of needing wood of different sizes on hand as kindling.

Today’s invention is a way to use the fire to generate its own kindling for the next day’s fire lighting.

A copper bar within the fire is held in place by two levers. As the bar heats, two blades at the ends of the levers are forced into the ends of a log beneath the fire, splitting it enough to act as kindling.

Several such bars could act simultaneously on several logs.

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