Cutting firewood with a chain saw can be an exhilarating, manly kind of outdoorsy exercise. It involves cutting the fallen tree to a desired sized log in a process call bucking. Bucking can be done using a log for support, using a support stand or even without support. With or without support bucking requires total concentration and attention to detail in order to operate the chain saw efficiently and safely.
Put on all appropriate safety gear including ear protection, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses and hard hat. Clear the area where you will be cutting of all extraneous debris.
Determine whether you will be using support or bucking without support. If you are bucking with support proceed to Step 4. If you are bucking without support proceed to Step 3.
Start the chain saw. Over-cut the log on the top side of the fallen tree. Keep the bottom of the chain saw against the log and exert a slight downward pressure. Cut 1/3 of the way through the log. Roll the log over. Finish over-cutting the log by cutting through the remaining 2/3 and meeting the original cut.
Determine the compression side of the log. Start the chain saw. Make your first cut 1/3 of the way through the log on the compression side. Finish cutting through the remaining 2/3 of the log on the opposite side of the log.