Forgive if this is redundant... I will be using a hearthstone tribute. soapstone. no ash pan. the wood i bought looks to be well seasoned , rings when i strike the pieces together. the wood dealer says he seasons unspit log lengths for a year to a year and 1/2, then splits to order. it had a slight smell when it was first delivered , but not like new green wood. i've had it stacked with a loose tarp to sheild from rain for two months now (waiting for the stove to be installed next week) and what smell there was has gone. it has little or no bark. but some of it(not a lot) has nails in it. the stove manual says not to burn wood with nails in it beacause it can damage the soapstone... what do you all think? I'm was dismayed to find nails in the wood to begin with. others i have spoken to say it's pretty common. and it's only a fraction of the load. but when you're paying for wood , you want to be able to use it all. and the peices that have it have to many to remove. is it common for people to season wood this way? or do most people season it split and stacked?