Chainsaw Cutting Firewood this weekend, we dropped a dead cherry tree and we're now using a chainsaw to cut the tree into firewood. For this to work, we use a timberjack, also called a peavey, to move the tree sections. Save your back, buy one of these chainsaw tools!
Chainsaw Cutting Made Easy
A timberjack, aka a peavey, is a simple tool that helps you wrestle large trees and logs. To cut help the chainsaw cutting firewood, it allows you to cut ⅔ of the way through the logs, then turn the logs over and finish the cuts. The whole goal here is to keep the chainsaw cutting to avoid the dirt under the log. Keep your chainsaw chain out of the dirt! Dirt in the chainsaw chain, bar, and clutch is a bad thing.
In the photos you can see how we have first cut the tree into sections, we then did the ⅔ cuts through the logs. Be sure to measure the firewood length. How wide is your fireplace or wood stove? Firewood for wood stoves is usually not as large as fireplace firewood. Learn from my mistakes on this one...
I cut this tree into manageable lengths first by finding parts of the tree that weren't sitting right on the ground. In other words, where the tree isn't making contact with the ground. This allowed me to make a full cut while keeping the chain and bar out of the dirt.
Read more about using a timberjack or peavey in this post here.
Here are videos we have made about using a chainsaw:
You can buy a timberjack here