This weekend my neighbor and I cut down 5 maple trees and 3 black walnut. I have cut and stacked the small stuff and piled the big stuff for splitting. My question is, when should I split it? I think I should split it now so it can dry out faster and some old timers here said to split it after it dries. Should I be able to use this wood this winter coming? Also, the walnut splits fine with a maul now, but the maple is next to impossible to split with a maul, but I have access to a gas splitter.