Question: why do you say that it may get too hot? also I got some wood about 6 months ago from a tree cutting co. they dumped it in my back yard and I did not cover it the pieces on the ground are wet/muddy, but can be washed. <p> I split a few on Sunday and the wood/sawdust seem kind of wet the piece on top off the ground seem a little dryer someone told me that it would be ok to burn it now even though it may cause more creosote(someone at a wood stove store) would it be wise to buy seasoned wood this winter and use this other wood next winter when it is seasoned.<p> I also wanted to make sure this wood is still ok after it dries out since it has rain more than usual this summer or do you think I can use it this season and just get the chimney cleaned Answer: The burning temperature of wood depends somewhat on the surface area of the wood exposed to the flame. Smaller wood, also which is dry, exposes a lot of surface to the fire, causing a faster, hotter fire.<p>Rainwater will leave the wood quickly if you get it split, stacked and covered on top. You can also move some wood to a garage or heated area a week before burning and it should dry out nicely.