A friend of mine is visiting from Minnesota and brought me a big box of apple wood he pruned from his trees. The pieces he brought me are about 6 - 8 inches long and vary in size up to 3 -4 inches across. He has a similar smoker to my Camp Chef Smoke Vault and he says he cuts the branches into medalions about 3/4 of an inch thick and just tosses them into the smoker plate. I tried cutting the medallions with my chop saw and just about lost two fingers on one attempt and picked up the piece I was cutting clean across the room on my second attempt. Now I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I am not the dumbest either and called it quits with the chop saw. I then tried to cut them with my saws all but the piece kept vibrating out of the vice and this attempt failed too. Short of investing in a chipper....does any one have an idea as to how I can reduce the size and maintain all my digits in the proccess? Or perhaps it is okay to use the bigger chuncks on longer smokes mixed in with my store bought smaller stuff? Please weigh in and offer me your invaluable insight.