I'd like to ask about this ... does wood start seasoning at all when it is bucked but not yet split? I am asking just basically because I have an amazing opportunity to get a great amount of free firewood right now right before winter weather really hits. I've been focusing on bucking up the wood to lengths of about 18" average and then I thought I would wait till winter weather is finished before I split and stack it. That way I can cut more wood from full length logs to bucked up bits and not spend so much time now splitting the stuff too. Will the wood start seasoning at all with this method or should I simply cut the logs to the longest lengths I can manage and make them wait to get bucked and split and stacked all at the same time? Thanks. PS. If it helps this is all lodge pole pine which typically dries really rapidly once split. Thanks in advance for all the advice.