So unfortunately we had to buy wood for this year and made ALOT of phone calls. Amazing how many 'reputable' tree companies tried to sell me stuff that hasn't even been split yet or stuff that was split in the Spring and left in an open pile on the ground. I finally got a local guy that has alot of cherry, maple and oak (oh my!!) that was split a year and a half ago and stored under top-cover only. I'm thinking 'jackptot' but only order a face-cord just in case. He obviously is a nice dude and wants the business so brings it right over-----it's good hardwood but in mostly HUGE splits (another thread?) and we have to re-split it to fit. After re-splitting I grab the shrapnel for kindling, and it prompltly hisses like a snake in the stove--smoky start----after I get good coals finally I toss on a few smaller splits and the fire freakin' GOES OUT-----get it going again but subsequent attempts prove just as frustrating. HOW can this stuff still be damp/wet if split a year and a half ago and stored top-covered out in the open??? I'm ready to give up---burn the damn furnace this year and only trust my own wood from now on. Or is there any stove/chimney malfunction that could cause such crappy combustion?