There was a prior thread about drying wood in the basement. That thread lead to a debate about the effectiveness of drying wood near any stove. Now I didn't weigh pieces of wood before and after or take readings with a moisture meter but I can say the following: 1. I have a Jotul Oslo (pretty large stove) installed on a hearth in front of a pretty good size fireplace. 2. I stacked semi-seasoned wood (~3" - 5" splits) behind the stove in the fireplace space for 2 days 3. I stacked kindling made from same wood to the right of the stove - on the hearth pad This wood previously sizzled when initially burning. It now burns nice and hot - no sizzling!! I let the stove temp get up to ~550 degrees during heat up and then choke it back. The average temp is 350 to 400 degrees throughout the day........I'm guessing the air temp behind the stove is ~100 degrees. The wood is warm to the touch, that's it. Whatever the case, this does work. I could see how larger splits will take longer, maybe 4 days? This is the trick for smaller stuff. I have no idea what kind of wood I have. I know some is birch and some is probably oak, but not sure what kind of oak. Try it for yourself.