You'll start by cutting a tree down using a chainsaw. Cut closer to the bottom of the tree. To make sure it falls in the right direction, cut a triangle shape out of the same direction you want it to fall.
After the tree has fallen, you will cut the tree up into shorter pieces. Make sure the pieces are short enough to fit into your stove! We will deal with the width or girth of the pieces of wood later (yes yes...thats what she said.)
Time to start the tough part. The first part is to set the wood up so its standing up tall.
Hold your axe/maul/sledge axe with your dominant hand towards the head of the axe and your other hand near the bottom. Bring the axe head up a little past your head. When you swing down, take a step with the foot opposite your dominant hand while sliding your dominant hand towards the bottom. (This gives you more momentum) ALWAYS FOLLOW THROUGH!
If the piece is to difficult to split because of a knot or because the wood is just dense, use a wedge. A wedge is a triangular piece of durable metal you hit with a sledgehammer for and easier split. All you do is set up the wedge and tap it in place with a sledge hammer or the flat side of your maul. Then you beat it as hard as you can straight down.