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First make sure the logs are properly supported.
Cutting 30 inch pieces can be ackward .
Next make sure your chain is sharp and well oiled .
If you are going to be doing this a lot it might
Be worthwhile to build a saw table for cutting the logs.
Or To keep it simple a few boards or large limbs properly
Placed on the ground can also work .
The log should be placed in a manner where it is equally
supported on each side of the cut.
It is also best if you can move to either side of the cut.
The first cut should be made from the top of the log.
Do not try to plunge into the log with the end of the blade.'
Keep your cut wide by cutting shallow and then repeating the same cut.
When the entire blade starts to disapear into
The log bring it back out and rotate the log. Cut until the blade disapears again. Rotating the log and changing sides ad needed.
Remember to keep the log elevated and supported so when the cut is completed the chain will not hit the table top or ground and neither piece will fall . Renember keep the cut wide. The area where the two pieces will be separated should only be a few inches wide .
With a 16 inch chain there will be times toward the end of the cut when the entire blade will dissapear into the log . By keeping the cut straight and wide and rotating the log with both ends equally supported close to the cut and at the ends this will not be a problem.
This link has a pretty decent saw table . He uses his for woodworking rather than fire wood .
On this link the logs are shown being split end to end using the saw and then cut into shorter pieces .
This is an alternate technique you can try. Do it slow and easy .
This link shows a sawhorse type setup with the end of the log sticking out and cuts being made more like banna slices rather than trying to cut the log into two near equsl pieces.
The slices just fall to the ground as they are cut and can later be easily split into "chunks" . This is a good method for small woodstoves.
I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.