Ever since Sandy hit us, we have been stockpiling wood. I was mentioning to the wife last night about the need to season the oak we have for a year or two or three before we burn it. Most of the wood we have already split from Sandy is not oak. Its mostly Maple, Pin Oak (is that right?), Poplar, and other wood which im not quite sure the species, but i know its not red oak. I picked up more oak last night, still have the tree in the neighbors yard, and gained access to another employees yard "filled with downed oak trees". The wife suggested if we should wait another year to get the woodstove and this year focus on gathering wood, splitting it, stacking it and building a wood shed. We both agree that the whole woodstove/gathering thing will become a hobby for us. I love to gather and split and she can stack wood better than anyone i know. We dont really need a woodshed this year, we can stack the wood on pallets which we both have access to. I can also order a few cords of wood for this winter and stack that as well. I'm thinking we could get the stove this year, use it as much as we can this winter with the wood we have seasoned to help offset the cost of oil and then be really ready for the following winter with well seasoned wood.