I have a question or two about wood. Wood cut to burn. In my case, black spruce. One question is "seasoned" wood. I understand seasoning of wood is the process of getting the cellular bound water out of it. Specifically, I cut standing dead trees, so, if the tree is dead (no sign of green needles), does it need to be "seasoned"? My contention is its basically ready to burn. "Wet" wood, such as what I have already split and put away that may get rained on, I get that it needs to be dry. Next question, I also cut and bring home driftwood, again black spruce, that has been brought to my Bering Sea beach shores by ocean storms. I would suspect it is mostly green, river bank trees uprooted by the mighty Yukon during spring break-up. It flows out to the sea, where currents carry it to me. Naturally, when I find these nice spruce trees, they are devoid of all bark (mostly), and any limbs. They are also "wet", having been soaked first in fresh river water, then ocean salt water. The difficulty for me is determining if and when they were live, green, trees. Some wood after split dries rapidly, falls below the 15% on the moisture meter, shows no sign of sap, .....so is it ready to go in the stove? Other pieces stay exceptionally heavy for a long time. These, imo, were live, green healthy trees lost to the river. I have searched and read several threads here on "seasoned" and "dry" wood, and it appears some, like I, get the two either confused or associated together. I expect to hear from the "don't ever burn salt water driftwood" crowd, etc, but bear in mind this is what I have to work with. I want to use the trees I cut myself, but my "woodlot" is 80 miles from where the stove is, and another 12 miles roundtrip via ATV just to bring out one load. Let that all soak in while pondering the fact that home heating fuel is $5 a gallon, and sans a wood stove, Dec/Jan/Feb/March are all 150 gallons per month usage times. I'll be pleased to read what others have to say. Thanks in advance.