Ever have a log that wouldn't fit in the fireplace? If so, you know that cutting logs the right length is important.
Cutting your firewood evenly and consistently can help you stack more neatly, and will ensure your wood always fits. However, tape measures and marking sticks leave room for error and require a fair amount of time and effort to use.
The Mingo Firewood Marker makes measuring quick, easy, and accurate.
A can of upside-down (inverted) surveyor’s paint (not included) fits into the chamber, and then you just wheel the Mingo down the log.
The Mingo will measure as it goes, spraying a dot of paint at each marking. The standard wheel measures 16" increments, and will yield you an estimated 75 cords of wood.
Good fitting wood burns longer and cleaner, so other size wheels are available too. To fit different stove and fireplace sizes, 6", 12", 14", 18" or 24" are available options as well.
Benefits of Log Marker
Efficient & long-lasting
Accurate measurement prevents excessive cutting
Makes for safer, more balanced stacks
Fits firebox better for longer, cleaner burning
Works on snowy logs
Saves time for other activities
It's important to use inverted surveyor's paint that operates with a sideways nozzle motion. Cans that require depressing the nozzle (in a downward fashion) will not work with The Mingo.
The paint can be purchased at most hardware stores. Upon testing, it was found that florescent-colored paints tend to plug more prematurely. Red, white, and blue paints are recommended as the best performers.
How to Use & Care For The Mingo
Prior to use, be sure to follow any instructions on the paint can. Shake it up for one minute after the ball rattles, and then remove the plastic cap from the can using an appropriate tool.
To install the paint can, you should turn The Mingo upside down so you can see that the nozzle of the can gets inserted through the hole in the trigger of The Mingo. Not inserting the nozzle fully through the hole in the trigger will prevent it from working.
Once the paint can is inserted correctly, you can turn The Mingo right-side-up and begin. Be sure that, once you're finished, you clear the nozzle of the paint can prior to storage.
When operating, loosen the wing nut until the wheel rotates easily, but not to the point where the wheel is wobbly. When you're finished, be sure to reverse-rotate the wheel by hand until the cam hits the trigger, then tighten the wing nut to prevent accidental spraying.
Changing Wheel Sizes
To replace the standard 16" wheel with another size, you'll have to first loosen the wing nut, remove the bolt, and then remove the 16" wheel.
Choose another wheel size (sold separately), such as the 14" wheel, and install it using the proper holes. If installing a 14" wheel, you'll use the holes marked "14 inches" so that the distance from the nozzle to the log remains the same. This also helps keep the proper cam to trigger position. No tools are necessary for changing wheel sizes.