I worked out a fantastic deal with a local arborist to drop off any clean hardwood, deciduous logs whenever they are in the area (for their convenience, their yard is on the other side of town). So far they've treated me to some Hickory, Ash, Oak, H-Locust, Hackberry, Sugar & Norway Maple, but the last load they bought was about a couple cords worth of either American or Slippery Elm that is also found in the area. I have split my share of green Siberian (aka "chinese") Elm and understand the other elms can put up the same battle. Since I have a lot of space to process the logs, I am thinking of only bucking it now and stacking the rounds until next summer/fall to give them time to make splitting easier. Some of the largest rounds are up to 36" dia. Has anyone else found that this trick will work, or am I holding my breath that it will split easier in a year?