Drew, The start up process is kind of aggrevating, but stick with it. Start gathering the basic processing tools (Fiskars Super Splitting Axe, maul, chainsaw) while looking for wood. This is my first year and I feel behind the power curve, but the hunt for firewood has been fun. I think I am finished gathering for this season, but will continue to look for next seasons wood. Don't forget uhaul if you don't have a truck.