Back when my Dad, brother and I all heated with wood, we had a home-built log splitter that could handle a 50” X 16” log and split it into 4 pieces at once. It was a 2-person splitter. We also had a tractor mounted cordwood saw (36” diameter blade) that made quick work of cutting to stove or fireplace lengths (also 2-person), but it was getting pretty old toward the last years of my using it - I cannot remember not having it and I was born in 1950! I think my Dad and Grandfather built it in the 1940’s.
Mostly, I cut “Swamp Maples” and red Oak on the farm for heat, but also cut some cherry and apple for fireplaces because they smell so nice. Now my indoor fireplace is gas but we have an outdoor fireplace that gets the cherry and apple. Always brings back memories of when I was a kid.
Down South, my neighbors burned Hickory leaves in the fall and it ALWAYS smells like BBQ!