I have a Stihl ms290 and I keep thinking I would be better off with a lighter saw. Maybe 2-3 cords of firewood a year, at most. A saw that will last 20 years will probably outlast me. Not concerned much about price. Would prefer to buy Stihl, Husky or Echo, as I have nearby dealers for those. Reliability and ease of starting is high on the list... who wants to yank and yank on a rope. I could use whatever it is to cut within the capabilities of the saw instead of having the most powerful saw. But if a certain saw is more 'fun' to use, I wouldn't mind paying for the best overall saw for me. I don't know enough about chainsaws to know which size engine and which size bar, but I would think 45cc to 55cc would be enough, as would maybe an 18" bar. I haven't cut a lot of wood, so, not sure about that. But if it were 50cc and 18" bar, I could just cut whatever that would cut! I also am willing to do a muffler mod or other tweak if need be. Thanks for suggestions.