Hello Everyone. I have been reading the forum over the last several months and wanted to say hi and thanks to you all for the great advice; your wisdom has been greatly appreciated. It is interesting how local wood lore is sometimes the same and sometimes very different here. And yes, the debates rages on about cover or uncover, bark up or bark down! Wood is sold in meter lengths (3.3 feet) and is generally split in that length and stored for three years before being cut with a circular saw. Scrounging is very hard nowadays as the Czech Forests, the government forests, as well as private landholders, all sell wood to Austria for a premium price. I have to split the meter lengths using a Fiskars splitting maul or hammer and wedges, then cut to length.Mostly oak, beech, birch, ash and then spruce and pine. Pictures show I am limited with space and wife has had enough. Little does she know.... I need a good chainsaw but prices are high here and not easy to get the wife to agree. The castle is behind the house across the meadow and is my morning walk to work. Hope I got the pictures right!