Wish I had something like this when I was a kid.
That's what was my first thought.I watched that after I came in from splitting wood the old way. I'd like to see that with some good oak wood. I don't believe it would work that easy.
I'm with you on that one, the gas unit we put in is incredible. Don't even have to light the pilot. It has two modes, one with the pilot on all the time, and another that lights the pilot every time it turns on. No wall switch because it has a remote! The remote has a thermostat imbedded, and in "Auto" mode you just set the temp you want and it goes on and off as the thermostat dictates. There's even a battery back-up for power failures. Also has adjustable interior lighting.I wish I had what I have now when I was a kid. Splitting logs no more. Now I flick a light switch and the gas logs come on. The hardest part is turning the pilot light on and off.
I bought a 35 ton hydraulic splitter and it's great..Well, it worked darn nice for what he was splitting and it was a nice homemade splitter too! Nothing like some good presidential engineering. SO, if you don't want homemade, then go buy one of those hydraulic log splitters.