I hear you. I have put about 10 hours this week in the evening cutting and tossing that wood into a pile. I had a bunch of wood in log form laying around on the ground in piles. Some of it was starting to get punky. I had to get it cut even if it won't dry ideally in the mound; it is on pallets at least, so it should be less likely to be wasted by rot. As an aside, I am cutting really small pieces. About 7-9" long about 5-7" wide. These little chunks have alot of air exposure on at least a couple sides for the rectangular shaped pieces. In my experience, these will dry much quicker than a big split. For my little stove, I can really pack a firebox full with smaller chunks as opposed to larger pieces sometime irregularly shaped.