I have just bought a house on decent acerage in central New York. The land is filled with huge (100+ years) maples and other hardwoods, as well as some conifers. Regardless of what else I plan to do, I plan to clear about an acre and a half of the land for gardening, and all of those other quaint things. It has occurred to me that I could make good use of the trees I fall - quite a shame to relegate virgin maple to the fireplace.
On that note, I have seen chainsaw mills floating around the web - ebay and vendor sites. Thus, my question is twofold:
1) what size saw should I use if I were to convert it into a mill, and
2) are these mills good in the first place?
I suppose I should add a third question to this:
3) How stupid am I for even considering milling my own lumber?