Heating with wood has its advantages and its rustic charms. And then there’s the endless chopping, stacking, and hauling of wood. If I ever go back to heating with wood, as I did many years ago, I would build me a log splitter like this one. Here, a counterweight and a spring allow gravity to do most of the work.
I couldn’t find any full plans for building one of these rigs, but you can get the basic idea from the video and these drawings that I found on a Swedish website. Here’s a Google translation of the page.