So I had two+ cords of nice, truly seasoned, hardwoods delivered yesterday which should keep me warm this year while my green wood gets seasoned!! I really lucked out, IMO, with this wood having MM readings of 9-15 on the outside and fresh splits have ranged from about 12-22 depending on size. The best part is that it burns awesome in the stove and it fires right up to 500-550 with ease and can stay there choked. From what I've learned from reading this site I think that I really did luck out. I was scared that I wasn't going to be able to find anything better than the one year seasoned oak that burns just OK to so-so that I already have a bunch of. Can't wait to have some REALLY good seasoned wood next year!! Anyways, I have plenty of land to put stacks on, but in terms of the best location (and unfortunately everything but one 4x4 pallet for emergency/immediate use if the snow gets deep will not be right outside the door, but whatever) I am not so sure. We go an inch of snow the other day that has all but melted other than in shady areas. I noticed that where I have been keeping some of my oak for a while is in one of those shady areas that still has snow on the ground. I'm thinking that any of the shadier areas closer to massive evergreens (many pines, some cedars, and one massive hemlock) are not prime realestate for seasoning my wood. Or does shade/sun exposure not matter much?? Would it be OK to make some stacks of fresh green oak in the shade of the wooded areas of my property?? Or less ideal than say in the middle of the grass with full sun? Or will it matter?? Area to left still with a little snow, that's where I was keeping about 2 cords of oak rounds for quite some time before I even had the stove...oops?? Looking south, plenty of room. The stack there in front of the sleds (my brothers sleds, I'm just the mechanic) is freshly downed oak. My new wood, got some stacking to do. Pic of the fancy pallets I've been acquiring to use for stacking base. I have been making two rows, +/-8" or so between should be decent enough air flow, eh? Here they are with some wood on them. The stack on the right I just drove the pole into the ground and hoped it would hold....which is why it has a second pole holding it up!! On the left there I smartened up and took advice from someone on here and used the string to the pole and then tied around a split in the middle of the stack....works awesome!