Loads of folks ask the question about cutting/splitting in the Spring with the hopes that it will be seasoned and ready to burn that same Fall/Winter. 90+% of the time the answer is "no, it won't be ready". But I tell you what, there is at least one exception - Black Cherry! I was farting around yesterday splitting wood for my 2010/2011 stacks. During a beer break I grabbed a split off one of the piles of Cherry I cut, split, stacked this past March. I split the piece and grabbed my moisture meter. I was moderately shocked to see the reading at 18% in the center. I don't know where the Cherry started out at since I didn't take any readings when I split it this Spring. But the trees were big and healthy when I dropped them, no standing dead. I do make it a point to split my rounds into quite small pieces to aid in the seasoning process. I'm sure this helps but I'm still surprised to see a sub 20% number already in August. Of course the meter is a $15 unit so plus or minus 5% is to be expected. So there you have it. My suggestion to all of you struggling to find wood to burn in less than 12 months - get some CHERRY!