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Specific question was probably intended to ask...
Why is my chain saw smoking?

Chain Saws have to have oil mixed in with the fuel.
Use a good high octane fuel and the mix ratio is usually 32:1 - 50:1

It is very possible that there was too much oil mixed in with the fuel. Or... Wrong oil mixed with fuel. I have even had this experience within my family, my son had a can of mixed fuel already in a can that was not "Marked". Our garden tool gas cans have specific markings on them "Mixed Fuel" or "Garden Tools Only" or "50;1" written on them with a Black Marker. Well this fuel was not marked and I mixed it once more, with more 2-Cycle Oil. Well, needless to say, we had a String trimmer that smoked to all heaven. Fouled plug came quickly.
Good Luck.

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Hi Mark:
I'll go over the basics so please ignore what you already know.
Chain saws are 2 cycle which means the gas must have oil added. The ratio is 50:1 typically.
Chain saws are air cooled so they get HOT. They like to be kept clean, and a build up of oily sawdust is an invitation to an unwanted fire.
The chain is lubricated by a thick oil that gets put in a different tank. If you run out of chain oil, the chain will get really hot and you can actually ruin the bar by overheating it. A good rule is to always fill the chain oil tank (with chain oil) at the same time that you fill the fuel tank (with gas/oil mix)
Make sure the chain is kept SHARP. A blunt chain makes the saw work harder and causes friction which generates heat.
On a regular basis, take the bar off and clean the brake assembly and all the bits and crannies. Compressed air and solvent will make the job easy.
Chain tension should be kept snug but not too tight. I like to be able to lift the chain at the centre of the bar and have the underside just barely clear the groove in the bar.
Lots of bars have a roller at the tip and there is a fitting to inject grease. It's a good idea to use it regularly.
I think that about covers it. If you have any specific questions, send 'em on.

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