If you have a stove ( like me ) that takes up to a certain length of firewood ( mine's 18" ), I like to cut as much of mine the same length to be able to stuff the max in the stove when loading. ( No, I'm NOT just being anally retentive....ahahahaaa) Here's a little trick I discovered recently. I was at a local hardware store and ran into a mechanics magnet normally used for picking up small parts/nuts/bolts/tools you might drop in a real un-handy place. The magnet head it pretty strong, and the handle telescopes in/out from about 8" to about 30". Amazon carries one ( don't know if it's the same as the one I found, but looks real similar) Amazon.com: SE 15Lb Magnet Pick-up Tool, 33" Long, Stainless Steel: Home Improvement Anyway, I extended the handle to 18", and duct taped the extension part so it won't move, then stick in on the bar of my saw. I go down a log, marking the log with a small cut using the handle of the magnet as a guide, and when I get to the end of the log, pop the magnet off and stick in my back pocket...then go back up the log cutting nearly perfect 18" pieces !