To make logs too big for use in fireplaces, log burners and barbecues more practicable, the use of a maul or log splitter is advisable. They come in many shapes, weights and sizes, but both work by splitting the wood rather than chopping or cutting the wood. The mauls splitting action is down to the shape and weight of the mauls head. The edge of the mauls blade is not as sharp as an axe, coupled with the weight and speed of blow, splits the wood into smaller, more manageable pieces. Log splitters are designed to work with a lump hammers in a similar fashion to hammer and chisel, but instead of chipping away at the wood, like a chisel, the log splitter does exactly what its name implies, splits the logs down the fibrous grain. Which one is best for you is down to personal choice, but both are great for creating tinder or firewood.