I may have been cutting firewood for our primary source of heat for the last 30 years but that doesn't mean I know much about it. I'm probably making the same mistakes today I was 30 years ago - how would I know? When I drop a tree, and most of the firewood we use comes from trees I fell, when I drop it I like to make the cuts at little above waist height. I don't like to be very bent over when I make the felling cuts for the notch and then the back cut. I just feel a lot more secure standing up. After the tree is down I then trim off the stump at ground level, usually leaving two lengths of wood from above to be split. Aside from stability this method is also easier on my back than bending over. A lot of guys I see drop them right down near the ground. Seems to work just fine for them. What do you do and why?