Cutting logs for firewood provides a great workout that also saves you money. You don’t need any specific previous experience, but you need to know how to do it to stay safe. Anybody can do it with a little practice and the right kind of tool. We walk through the process on how to cut firewood safely.
You need enough logs to make a sufficient amount of firewood. You’ll also need some tools for this process. These include:
Granted, if you have a good chainsaw that you can use, this will be speed up the process. Good chainsaws aren't that expensive, so make it a point to pick one up for this process
Don’t cut small lengths using a chainsaw as this will waste a lot of wood. If you start with chainsaw, begin at the smaller end of log and work your way all the way down to other end of log.
You'll be using these tools listed above to make small pieces out of the logs. Stop once you reach the point where diameter of log is similar to your cutting blade. Simply rotate the cutting bar to a ninety-degree position.
You should try this when 75% of the blade is covered. You will reduce kickback risks with enough friction and pinch. Reducing kickback is key to staying safe while cutting your wood.
Here are four different approaches to chop your firewood down:
Over-bucking, also known as overcutting, is a simple firewood cutting process. According to WoodworkerHelp, this process is simple enough to be used by anyone.
To apply this technique, you need to start from the top of log and apply some pressure with your saw. The teeth will pull the chain bar inside log and work accordingly.
This process involves keeping the guide bar nose and ground or other objects at a safe distance. However, if it accidentally meets, don’t force the bar out.
Simply turn it off and get a wooden wedge. You need to drive it into the cut using a hammer. Now you can easily detach the saw.
Sometimes, when cutting wood, you’ll be in a situation where your log is supported at both ends. It may not be supported in the middle portion. This usually happens with small logs. These are probably sitting on a sawhorse or probably two huge logs.
In such a situation, start cutting the log from top to one-third inside the wood. Next, go down and start cutting in the opposite direction.
You should apply gradual force here. The chainsaw bar should not be pinching at any point by the log.
When you cut the opposite direction (known as under-bucking) your chainsaw will probably push back. Don’t lose control. Be ready for that. You need to hold the saw firmly and be careful when it hits hard.
If the log is hanging with one side in the air and the other part supported by something, you need to use a different cutting method.
Suppose the log you are dealing with is up on a hill. In that case, the most preferable rule is to stand up-hill with the log.
Once you are done cutting, the log should start rolling. This way you’ll won't hit yourself or get hurt while cutting. The nose of the saw should never touch ground. You need to make sure of that.
If you are going to use a chainsaw for cutting logs, keep this in mind. Just like any other power tool, a chainsaw is quite risky to deal with. It is your first duty to ensure the safety requirements for yourself.
Place a sign on the area that indicates what you are doing. This warns other people to stay away. You don’t want a log accidentally falling on a person.
Hopefully this guide will help you to chop enough firewood for your home this summer or winter. Make sure you have a good place to store this wood, and t is vital that you exercise caution when cutting wood for your fireplace. Good Luck!