I have cut down a bunch of low diameter Aspen and spitting it has become a major pain in the rear, literally. So my question is at which diameter is it not really worth splitting it anymore. Could I just cut it to size and perhaps let it season a couple of years instead of one year and then just burn it as is?
The smaller logs in this image are about 2" or less, those are the ones I am talking about. In addition (not pictured) I cut down half a dozen mature Aspen, a couple Cottonwood, and three decent sized Alaska Birch trees all of which have quite a few branches. I don't have a wood chipper and I don't want to toss the branches out, I'd like to burn them or at least the straight parts of them. Clearly there's no splitting those branches so what's the "best practices" way of dealing with them?
I am burning all of this in a catalytic stove (Blazeking) FWIW.
Any suggestions will be much appreciated. This is my first season cutting wood. I am using a Husky 353 20" which I love for the larger logs but for the small stuff it is a bit too unwieldy/heavy. Will probably pick up a T425 to deal with the branches and small stuff.