Mother's Mid-Sized Chainsaw Guide

If you're heating your home with wood or planning to, we've compiled a chainsaw guide to help you find the right tool to cut it yourself.

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A MOTHER EARTH NEWS lumberjack demonstrates the technique for felling and sectioning an oak. The woodsman makes his first cut with a Stihl 031, slicing downward at a 30° angle for 1/3 of an oak's diameter on the same side as the direction he wants the tree to fall.  
PHOTO : MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF