If you check out my wood drying thread, you can see the results of burning wood that was in the 29% MC range in my Vigilant. Same fire as in my avatar. No mixing with seasoned wood, just straight black birch at about 29% MC right from startup. If these results aren't convincing enough, you're an infinitely better burner than I am. http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/67839/P66/ BTW, if you are measuring the moisture content of your firewood with a resistance-type moisture meter, you are already at 20% water by weight when the meter reads 25% MC. 20% water by weight has been the standard for defining seasoned wood for as long as I can remember, and is at the high end of the EPA test loads used to evaluate emissions in modern stoves.