There is something infinitely satisfying about splitting wood by hand for the fireplace, but if you burn a lot of wood during the course of a season in a woodstove, investing in a log splitter can save you a lot of back pain. Would-be lumberjacks will have to choose between an electric or a gas-powered model. The diameter of the logs you want to split and the type of wood you’re splitting will determine how many tons of pressure your log-splitter will need to generate. Soft woods, like pine, may be perfectly handled by an electric splitter, but for tougher types of wood like, oak, elm, locust, and cherry, you’ll need a much heavier gas-powered model that produces 25 tons of splitting pressure (or more). Do you want a horizontal or a vertical splitter? A single or a dual-wedge design?