The SLOT ME IN™ “AUSSIE KINDLING CRACKER™” also known as the “AUSSIE KINDLING SPLITTER™” (because that’s what is does) splits kindling, is a unique and original handy tool to help you split your kindling with ease. It’s the safest way to split kindling for your fire, whether it’s for home, camping or for commercial use. Our unique and original twin hexagonal top and bottom rings firstly locate the kindling timber or wood vertically over the inverted “wedge” blade with the bottom ring having a larger footprint to securely stand upright on either the ground or a raised platform such as a stump for ergonomics of use. The base hexagonal ring has 4 holes to either be screwed down to a raised stump (using 4 heavy gauge timber screws) or be used on say lawns or soil and be pegged down using 4 tent pegs to secure it.
Instead of conventionally using a small sharp axe or wood splitter striking with a downwards force on your kindling to split it often running the risk of an injury with the axe striking your hand that’s holding the kindling in place we have reversed the process whereby the inverted “wedge” axe blade is upwards facing and fixed in place inside between the top and bottom rings supported by the two vertical posts. Now with the force of a blunt tool, namely a 1.3kg mash hammer or similar the kindling can be split with a simple strike of the hammer on the top flat end of the kindling forcing it to be “wedged” and split over the inverted blade. A simple tap will secure the kindling on the start of the blade then you can remove your hand and allow the kindling to stand unsupported then strike it with the hammer and hey presto kindling without the risk of a hand injury. Of course for the proficient operator and with a little practice you can spit your kindling in one motion too holding it below the top and striking the top with the hammer releasing your hand at the time of impact with the top of the kindling. The heavy duty blade has 10 unique fins that continue the wedging effect making light work of splitting your kindling as they force it to wedge outwards as the kindling passes over them and split it in much the same principle as a handheld wood splitter does though with ease and safety.
Made from a combination of 10mm & 6mm thick 100% Aussie BlueScope Xlerplate™ Tru-Spec™ steel it’s also a 100% Aussie made product by Slot Me In™. It’s CNC precision laser cut and welded for a lifetime of enjoyment and with an odd tickle of the blade occasionally with a file to keep a sharp edge it will keep you splitting your kindling efficiently. Being steel it won’t crack or shatter if accidently hit by a hammer as cast iron commonly does, nor will it break or chip if accidently dropped on concrete or hard surfaces again like cast iron does. It’s also lighter and stronger than cast iron as well.
A large upper throat opening of over 150mm in the upper hexagonal ring allows for large pieces of timber such as common sizes commercially used in the Australian building industry, eg 90mm x 90mm, 90mm x 45mm, 90mm x 35mm, 140mm x 45mm, 145mm x 35mm and more often discarded as offcuts and perfect for kindling. Of course firewood in rounds naturally occurring up to 100mm in diameter can also be accommodated and easily split. Lengths of between 300mm to 350mm are ideal and it will easily spit Aussie hardwoods such as Redgum, Ironbark, Box Gums and many more too. Uneven grained and knotty wood and timber may require several strikes with the hammer with clear grained timbers splitting easily with one strike.
In no time you will turn a chore into a joy having the right tool for the job and make kindling splitting fun and most importantly safe too. If you love and enjoy a fire like we do then you’ll love your “Aussie Kindling Cracker™” too. Available exclusively direct from the manufacturer Slot Me In™, shipping Australia wide.
Dimensions are 300mm H x 253mm D x 220mm W and it weighs 4.75kg being made from a combination of 6mm thick and 10mm thick BlueScope Xlerplate Tru-Spec steel.