Sadly, after many summer bonfires I have done none of this. Which means I will probably have to buy (eek) a cord or two of good seasoned oak to run the woodstove this year. Still, knowing that my friendly neighbor will be cutting down many trees and the equally friendly do-it-all handyman is willing to help me cut the wood is a good sign for next year.
Provided I can build a wood shed for said wood pile.
Best part of the article? It ends with a Robert Nozick quote. Come to think of it, when you mix the ingredients (fire, smiting objects, and Nozick) this may stand as the best article ever written in the history of mankind.