Do you own a home in a rural area? If so, what kind of furnace do you rely on each winter? Many rural homeowners find that heating with wood is the most economical option available to them, but the amount of work required to prepare firewood for winter can be daunting. Luckily, if you have the funds available, you can purchase a firewood processor to make this tough job as easy as possible. Firewood processors take whole logs and process them down into usable pieces of firewood. Generally, these machines cut logs into sections and then split each section into at least four pieces of wood. Video Source These pieces should be the right size for the average wood-fired furnace. The video on this page shows one such firewood processor in action. Unlike traditional log spitters, this firewood processor keeps the operator’s hands far away from blades at all times. This allows for faster processing times. If you go through more than a cord of wood each winter, you may be surprised by how much money you can save by processing the wood yourself. It might be enough to offset the cost of a firewood processor within a few years. .