I've always scavenged precut logs but never a whole fallen tree. Will be doing so this weekend - a tall (I guess now it's just long) wild cherry. Lots of branches. The tree is propped up perfectly horizontal about lower chest height. I figure I should start at the lowest branches and work towards the top end. Remove all the branches, then start at the top and buck it into 16-18 inch logs for my stove. I'll split and stack it soon for next season. I guess the tree will drop close to the ground when I remove the supporting branches. Should I try to put a few logs underneath every so many feet to give me clearance from the ground for cutting? Tree is 12-14" diameter. Should I cut in from underneath first or just cut straight down? Each cut will be at the short end and a 16-18" log will drop. All advice appreciated!