Hey guys new to this forum- love all the information. I'm getting ready to add a indoor wood furnace to my home and have been going hog wild on collecting wood for the last 2 months. So far have 3 rows - 5' high and 40' long, split and seasoning on pallets. First question is all this wood was either standing dead trees or wood that felled last fall. Lots of Cherry and Ash with sprinkling bits of Black Walnut and some form of Oak- not sure of the species. I've been told since this wood did not sap up over the spring that this would be ok to burn this year if I get it split and stacked right away, sounds believable to me? I also have nice tarps that were made for me free of charge to cover it. Any thoughts? Second is I have a friend who gave me 22 Black Locust trees which we dropped and started cutting up today.. Well.. one of those thorns broke off under my skin today and honestly I've never felt anything that has festered like that sucker did.. I could hardly move my finger. I got it out I believe but is there something I need to know about those thorns? Besides obviously to watch your hands. Thanks for any info!