Right now I've got about two cords of scrounged wood split and stacked that I started gathering about this past September. Most of it is wood that had been down for a while before I picked it up. A fairly large amount is oak that had come from a guy who had bucked it into rounds but never split it. That wood sat for a year before I got it. The rest of it came from trees (locust, poplar, oak) that had been cut the summer before last (August '07) and left on the ground. I'm still working on this bunch of trees and most of it was a little punky and still pretty wet inside. Anyway, given that the start of next heating season for me will probably be about 9 and 1/2 to 10 months away (Mid-September/beginning of October), will the original two cords be ready? While I was still adding to the stack I left the wood exposed to the rain, but now that it's at full height I'm going to cover the top (not the sides) with heavy clear sheet plastic to keep the rain off. I also have a virtually unlimited source of hardwood pallets so I figure if worse comes to worse I can mix each load with pallet wood? Or should I buy a cord of well seasoned wood at the beginning of next heating season and mix it with that?