I don't think I knew that such a machine existed but apparently they've been around for a while. What am I talking about? A firewood processor! It takes the log in and cuts it to the length you prefer from 16" to 20". It then splits the wood and a conveyor throws it into a pile or into a trailer. What a great idea!!
The brand I'm considering is made in Finland. It is a HakkiPilke. It can process roughly 1 cord (a bush cord that is) in 35-40 minutes!
Many people I know burn wood for heating. I can hopefully sell 40-50 cords a year in addition to what we will use which is 5-6 cords. We are going to be clearing some land in hope of creating a small pasture area. This should provide us with the initial 10-20 cords of wood to process. For a supply of wood after this, I'm considering purchasing a few loads of logs each year from a fellow we met. I will hopefully talk with him this week and ask about his forestry practices. If he does so sustainably and with concern for birds and animals we will buy from him.
I would like to learn about forest management. I just downloaded all the modules, from the DNR Nova Scotia website, for a course that's called "Practices for Forest 🌳 Stewardship". It's very informative and it's free!