Get yourself a gas log splitter.
I actually perversely enjoy splitting wood. I enjoy the exercise (and I need it!).. My neighbor has a gas driven hydraulic splitter..man that thing is nifty.
Consider yourself lucky you had a chainsaw versus an axe.
If I had to use an axe I think I'd just put on more sweaters in the winter..
That said, the wood stove fireplace insert was probably the single most useful upgrade I've made to the house. It heats our whole house..and at night I only have to fill the box with wood (maybe 8 pieces), turn the damper down so it slow burns, and put the blower on. I've never run the blower at anything but the lowest setting. It would roast us out at the higher settings. Nothing beats coming in on a cold, wintry day (we are getting less of those here in NC though..) to a wood stove burning. Our electric bill went down something like 75% last winter.
I have a wood burner and beside burning pine which is good for getting the fire going, I also burn gum which burns real hot.
I was told not to burn pine in my woodstove because it sends up a lot of creosote in the chimney. I don't know if that is true or not. I haven't figured out if I need to have the chimney (actually it is a metal tube lining the chimney) cleaned annually or every couple of years. If you call a chimney sweep they say to have it cleaned weekly ($$$) (just kidding)..but I'd be curious what interval a chimney should be swept.
If I do come across pine I keep it for our outdoor fire pit..
Love the naval aspect of oak wood..
Leave it to SimHQ to go just a few replies and make it a strategic discussion!