Heres what I have. 8+ cord of oak split Dec '11/Jan'12 ready to burn Dec'14/Jan'15 8+ cord of mostly oak split Jan'13 ready to burn Dec'16/Jan'17 This year I burned about 6+ cord of maple, ash and cherry that was c/s/s in the spring of this year. So it only had between 6- 10 months to dry. It averaged around 25% mc Figure by end of season I will have burned about 8. I need wood for the next season (Dec'13/Jan'14) I can buy 8 cord of locust, ash and maple cut and split to 22"-24" for a $1000 bucks ($125/cord) Then I can sit back until this winter, when I will start preparing for '17/'18 Or I can get free rounds cut to 22"-24" and I will have to spend a bunch of weekends splitting. Hmmm... $1000 spent on split wood...and lots of time spent with family or doing something else or $0 spent on rounds and $? spent splitting, away from family and not doing anything else.