So I have been in desperation mode to get the wood supply ahead again. Friend called up and said he had 3 red oaks dropped and cut up in the cities for a guy, saw mill took the straight sections. Loaded up about 3 cords worth of wood and brought it home with a big grin on my face, but then I started to think after awhile.. why were they cut down in the first place? I asked the question why were they cut down. I was told one was hollow in the trunk and all three were dropping branches. All three were on a hill and within 10 feet of one another. It did not sound like a sudden death of the trees like wilt, but I have a hard time telling the difference between burr and red oak around here. Maybe I am paranoid, but I do have 10+ mature ancient red and burr oaks hate to bring a disease on to. I did some internet searching and they say to cover with air tight plastic for the first season. To prevent the fungus from beetle spread. Unrelated, I am thinking as this ash borer problem turns into an epidemic the firewood police are going to be in full force. I have stayed away from any ash until my county is infected. Counties have quarantines out in parts of the state. Experts or others please chime in and maybe this will be informational for others. =) Happy heating.