If you are looking to cut a rank or two of firewood out of limbs and not stumps with a splitting maul, there is a certain way you can do it that minimizes having to cut different angles and having to worry about hitting the dirt and dulling your chain or even worse, hitting one of your legs. You don’t have to worry about measuring branches and logs or coming home with a sore back and arm muscles from having to weave around the fallen tree tops, bending over to cut and move limbs and logs, and re-cutting pieces that are too big or tossing away ones that are too small. All it takes is a little ingenuity.
Finding some good wood
Once you have found a couple of trees that are on the ground, whether just recently chopped down or struck down by lightening which will give you green wood for storage, or whether you have cut down or found a few trees on the ground from a few months or a year earlier, which will give you seasoned wood, you can begin this easy method of cutting it all up. Seasoned wood isn’t hard to catch on fire and burns easily. Just cut the small limbs off the tree top and then you will have a bunch of limbs or logs with a good diameter for firewood, usually about 3 to 8 inches and 6 to 12 feet long.
Build a firewood log holder
Take a few wooden poles about four or five feet high and stick them in the ground in a line, about 16 or 18 inches apart, or however long you want the firewood logs to be. Put five or six of them in the line nice and snug in the ground. You may want to use re-bar and hammer them firmly into the ground to support the weight of the logs. Do the same to the opposite side, about 3 feet away from it. You should have two rows of four or five foot stakes in the ground with stakes on the opposite side flush with each other.
Cut the logs off in sections
Now, take some logs that you have cut for firewood that are fairly straight, between 6 and 12 feet long and start stacking them inside until they nearly reach the top, with the shortest ones on top. Make sure the ends are sticking out about 18 inches as well. Now, with the logs stacked, fire up your chain saw and start cutting down the first section of logs until your firewood sized logs fall off while you push them off to the side. You may need to stop before you hit the very bottom. Stack up your freshly cut set of logs and begin with the next set fairly close to the stake, but careful not to hit it, especially if it is re-bar. Continue cutting and stacking until you get to the end. You may need to move the logs closer to the beginning, using the stakes as a measuring reference point. You also may want to put a cinder block or some weight on top of the logs to keep them from jumping around.
This is an effective way of cutting a few logs at a time. Always remember to be careful when using a chainsaw and make sure it is big enough for the task. There may be times when it wants to get stuck or kind of jump out, so be careful. Also, as always when operating a chain saw, make sure you are using a sharp chain.
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