I'm extremely new to wood burning, so bear with me as I try to explain things without sounding like too much of an idiot. Me and my wife are newlyweds, and decided to rent a home while saving to purchase one. The house we are renting has a standard wood burning fireplace, and neither of us have experience with fireplaces. When we moved in there was a bit of firewood in the garage leftover that we used, and it burned well but very quickly, possibly due to us not knowing what we were doing. When that ran out I went on Craigslist and found someone that looked professional, it's a company and I ordered 1/2 cord of "seasoned oak". It came and the guys stacked it in my garage. I didn't know to check for anything, so I'm sure I should have looked at it upon delivery but I didn't. Now the fun part, we can't get it to burn. It just chars and every now and then we'll get a flame, but nothing like the old wood we had. It also smokes horribly and sizzles, which I'm assuming is the moisture burning up. The wood also feels very heavy compared to the old wood. I guess my question is, what can I do from here? We had a ton of rain for about a week straight right before I ordered, so is it possible that the wood absorbed some of the rain moisture and will dry out somewhat quickly? I don't have room for more wood, so I'm kind of lost what to do from here. We were really enjoying the fires.