Right... And you can cut down a dead tree and burn it right away too. Right... Once again we see the difference. I wanted to get rid of a pile of wood so decided to burn that one this year. It is not our oldest wood but it was all dead when we cut it. As most folks say, dead wood is good to burn right away. On top of it being dead, it is ash. Two counts for it being great firewood. It burns....sort of okay. Definitely harder to get started even on coals. So how old is this wood? It was cut during the winter of 2009-2010 and was all split and stacked in March 2010. So it is over 2 years in the stack after being split. We are lucky and have plenty to compare it to and when I break out the wood that is a year older it is a huge difference! I'll take the 3+ years in the stack any day no matter what the wood type. For those who would like to know, I do not know what the moisture content is for this wood nor do I care in the least. I know how it burns and I also know what 1 more year means. Give me 3 years or more in the stack and I'll show you some great firewood.