NJ is a whole different ball game than Indiana. Think about quads up in MN (haven't heard from him lately). He burns all oak and never covers his wood. It had been a long, long time since I've left any wood uncovered until burned. I have some now that has never been covered. Probably won't get to it for a couple years yet but might try some next year just for kicks. Normally we split and stack in the spring and then top cover before the snow flies in November or December. Top covered with galvanized roofing.