If you have a chance to get into the woods, getting wood off the ground that's been around a long time is a good bet. I always use a trailer or two full of this kind of stuff every year. I have a friend that is in the same spot as you, a new house and no seasoned wood. So last week I went to the woods and cut up a trailer full, about a half cord, of real dry stuff for him so burn now. Another tree to look for would be a Silver Maple. I've cut, split and dried these out in a few weeks and they burn good. And those were live trees. I know a lot of guys might disagree but I'm doing it right now.