So, I've been burning some of my 9-months seasoned oak in with some dryer maple, sycamore, and other unidentified but dry white woods. I've been doing pretty well, loading a few of these big dry pieces on bottom, and then one or two medium splits of oak on top of the load. Tonight, I decided to throw my two splits of oak in back on bottom, after raking my coals forward for the overnight reload. In they went, with some bigger dry stuff in front and on top. That was two hours ago, and I'm still not able to get the cat to light. Lesson learned: put the wet wood on top! It'll dry quicker there. Now... if anyone could tell me what to do with this mess I've made for myself, I'd really like to go to bed!