Last year was my first year burning and like a lot of new burners I didn't have seasoned wood, and I didn't have enough. So I cut about 9 cords of wood last winter, enough for 2 years, thinking OK, from now on it will be seasoned and I will be at least a year ahead. I've had 2 fires this last week, and in both fires, the wood sizzled. Anything that was alive last winter when I cut it still has a moister reading over 20%, some as high as 30%. It just never got HOT this summer, and I know it takes 2 years to season some wood, but I thought all the other stuff I cut would be much closer to 20%. I think if would of had a normal summer, very little of this wood would be sizzling, even though it might still be above 20%. I am doing what I have seen suggested a lot in cases like this, I am splitting the wood smaller, hoping to get a little improvement, but I have little hope for that to help too much this year. And I am trying to separate the dead standing stuff I cut from the live stuff, the dead stuff will be dryer. The good news I do have about 2 cords of 4 or 5 year old hedge that I can burn when it gets really cold, the bad news, I have to clean the chimney at least once a month like I did last year because I am not burning dry enough wood. I also hope to cut another 9 cords this year, so I never, never post something like this again, I already have about 2 cords cut, but 1/2 that needs split. Like a lot of football fans are already saying, well maybe next year.