I realize that there are potentially a number of variables so bare with me. Generally speaking how long should wood from tree tops/limbs of hard wood that was harvested earily this spring be stored/dried before use. The limbs range from 12" to 4" in diameter. The limbs/tops were cut last April. The limbs show signs of checking on the ends. I have cut into pieces not over 18" long and usually split in the quarters. The tops are of hickowy, cherry, oaks, and a few maples. Thanks.