I'm new to this and was wondering what some good techniques were for stacking/storing wood: Lengths & widths of pieces, directly on ground, etc... I'm installing an Avalon Olympic Insert: 3.1 cu ft fire box, 24" max log lengths. House is >3000 sq ft, but will only be using the stove to supplement. Friend of mine has several red oak trees that have been down for over a year, so that's my source. I don't have a covered area to keep it, but otherwise have plenty of room... 4 acres (cleared unfortunately). Also....what about a decent chainsaw?? Do I really need to spend the $$ on a Stihl? Thanks for all your previous responses also!