I have four maples out back that occasionally drop branches. I cut up a few big ones today and stacked the sticks for kindling. I feel like I've done this before and the stuff never really dried out. The smallest pieces are just sticks and the bigger pieces run to maybe 3 inches. Should I split the bigger pieces? I like to have small stuff to get restarted and I've had a lot of luck with scrounged sticks in the past. I didn't want to waste the wood, but I feel like maple branches never really dry out. Thoughts?