I had posted before on both of these topics, but here are the pictures. The wood here is what I managed to score from driving by a neighbor around the corner at just the right time - tree service was setting up to take out some trees. They agreed to unload the pile in my driveway. It is about half birch (nice minty!) and the other I'm told is poplar - if anyone can confirm from seeing that would be nice, I don't know anything about poplar other than what I looked up online and found that it has about the same BTU/cord as pine, but the price was right! The saw is the used saw I picked up from a garage sale. I've since replaced the air filter, spark plug, bar, and chain. It has now cut up about 2/3's of the pile of wood pictured. After the bar/chain replacement things really went MUCH faster as you can imagine. I've put three tanks of gas into it so far. I've only started splitting the rounds from this pile. The birch splits like a dream - each hit splits off a piece. Quite a change from the seasoned oak and maple with knots all through it that I have been working with! The poplar is not quite as easy - it takes 2 or three hits to get the first split done, but after that it is ok. The odd thing about the poplar is that the bark seems to really hold the rounds together - it is very thick and tough. I have had splits where the wood is totally split but I have to wack the bark just to get it cut through to break it apart. All of this is very green of course and I'm splitting any rounds I can in such a way as to make nice square pieces of heartwood for easy stacking as I expect these to sit until the 10/11 season. Hopefully they will be dry enough by then eh? Enjoy!