Gentlemen, My next door neighbor has a commercial tree service. He has taken it upon himself to supply me with wood that he can't sell or needs to get rid of. Monday this week he dropped three big dump truck loads of box elder in my yard. I really didn't need it as I'm about three or four years ahead. This stuff is big with some rounds over three feet across and most else two foot. It's all cut into rounds about 15 inches long. I split everything by hand and I got to wondering if it's worth it because this stuff is tough to split. This wood smells like piss and it's really wet. Box Elder is in the maple family and I thought it'll burn okay once it dries out. How long does it take box elder to dry out. This is my first load of box elder and I just don't know what to think. Anyone have any history with box elder??