I have been cutting some large White Pine trunks of trees blown down by the October Storm Sandy. I plan to split some for firewood even though I have been spoiled by hardwood on the NE coast USA. I have some rounds that are about 20" in diameter that I have cut to about 18" length. These are too large to split in my small electric or manual hydraulic splitters, besides these rounds are really too heavy to be tossing/moving around. I figured one approach is to split some at least in half with manual methods, maul and wedges. I have spit three and have concluded I really don't know where to place the first wedge (lets say a chisel style, not a triangular) on the face of the round. I'll guess anywhere near the center is not good as that area will just swallow the wedge with the fiber rings simply expanding to let the wedge in, double true for a triangular cone shaped wedge. So, I figure put the first wedge on a radial line from the center and about 3/4th the way toward the edge. This places the chisel line perpendicular to the growth rings. Is this about right, something better? I don't see any chance of making a split with a (I'll estimate 8 pound) maul.This wood has been down about 3 months but was cut into rounds only a few days ago..the temperatures in NJ have been warm, upper 40s some days, this pine is really wet and sticky. Any thoughts on seasoning and burning White Pine in an modern fireplace insert (wood stove)?