Technique: Getting from Forest to Fireplace
Cutting down trees for firewood requires a game plan. Here's yours:
1. Cut diagonally down into the trunk at a 70-degree angle to the ground
until you're one-third of the way through it and a few inches above grade.
2. Make a horizontal cut to complete a notch, then knock the wedge out of the trunk.
3. Make the hinge cut: Slice toward the notch's point or slightly higher from the opposite side, leaving an even strip of meat ¾ to 2 inches wide. Shout "Timber!" Now cut off the limbs.