which Stihl chainsaw
As the defacto caretaker of a family property in coastal NC, I have been using my cousin's Stihl 011 as the all-around chainsaw to cut firewood, trim branches, etc. For trimming, the 011 is great because of its small size. For cutting firewood, primarily hurricane-downed red oak and hickory, the saw is way too small for safety. With a 14" bar and not a whole lot of power, it can take a long time to cut through a log that's 20" or sometimes much, much bigger.
I plan to do more work this winter, but won't have a lot of time to do it and will need to quickly replenish the woodpile after my cousin who owns the 011 takes away all my hard work from last year. I grew up heating with wood in the northeast and had a lot of experience with Stihls. The biggest one I ever used much was the 044, which if they still made it would be larger and more expensive than I need. There are several local Stihl dealers, and I'm not interest in fanning the flames of the "which brand is better" debate. I need recommendations on which mid-range Stihl models to consider for speed-to-cost ratios. Please help...