Pine wood is a good choice for board breaking due to its softness. For a clean break, always break boards with the grain and avoid striking any large knots. In addition, steer clear of hard materials such as oak and particle board, which will be difficult to break and can result in injury.
Preparing the Boards
To dry out your pine boards and make them easier to split, cook them in the oven before a board-breaking session. You can also buy your boards pre-cut and dried from a breaking-boards manufacturer. Start with one board when you are new to board breaking, and work your way up to breaking multiple boards with spacers placed in between each board layer.