To make a perfect piece of kindling, place a piece of firewood inside the iron safety ring and strike with a blunt instrument, such as a hammer, mallet or even another piece of wood. This drives the wood down onto the splitting wedge for a quick, easy split. There is no need to swing a sharp axe blade dangerously close to your hands. It's the perfect companion for your backyard stack of firewood, creating perfect kindling for your fireplace, fire pit, pizza oven, sauna, barbecue or smoker.
This five foot wide cooking fireplace and bread oven was built in 1990 and is a pretty good reproduction of a Williamsburg style working fireplace circa 1760. The Rumfords were for heat but you didn't necessarily want the fireplace you cooked on to heat - not in the summer anyway.
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