Tree guys working for the power company were here yesterday and felled two dead trees. I already had permission to drop the trees, but was glad to let them do it since I haven't had a chance to figure out what's wrong with my big saw yet. Wife was thrilled to get a half-load of free mulch, too. :coolsmile: They dropped a Red Oak, and what I'm pretty sure is a Black Oak (it's been dead a while but may still have the yellow/orange inner bark, to confirm.) Anyway, I split some green Shingle Oak small in June and have been pleasantly surprised with how dry it is now...no sizzle, all steak. I know the Red is better after two years, but what about this Black? Will it dry quickly, like the Shingle did? Black's been dead several years. The ends of the cut Black look just like Red, so it may be slow-drying like Red...hope not. I'd love to have some Oak to burn this fall instead of only Ash. And what about Dogwood? Most of the stuff I'll be taking will be dead, or mostly dead. I burned some standing dead this year and had pretty good luck with it; A little moist but not bad. Is Dogwood considered a one-year seasoning wood? Thanks for sharing any hands-on experience with drying these woods!