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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Metal Working.

Kindling crackers, whackers, splitters, bifurcators, etc are very cool devices that can turn pieces of firewood into kindling.  If you have a rocket mass heater you mainly need kindling sized pieces.  So let's make one!

The official design we are taking our inspiration from is here: www.kindlingcracker.com


David Huang made this one and documented it in his blog post Here:


Here is one on YouTube made from rebar:


And here's one with more wood than metal:


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements is to make a kindling creator:
  - cage accepts wood 9 inches in diameter
  - bolted to a tall chopping block
      - lots of knots in the block if it's a soft wood
      - bolted offset (the creation is not centered on the chopping block - so some of the chopping block can be used traditionally)
  - stamp “made by XXXX” somewhere on it where XXXX is your name

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - two pictures of your creation at two points of construction
 - A picture of the finished product with a tape measure showing the 9+" cage

Clarifications
 - This is the metalworking badge so the part above the stump should be more metal than wood

 
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