Man, I was off work early today and thought it was cool enough to buck and split two dead but standing locust trees. By the time I was done I realized it was still summer and I was soaking wet with sweat. Felt good to run the saw and swing the maul though. My chainsaw ran like a beast after the chain and engine maintenance education I got here last year! I do not know how long they have been dead although long enough for a lot of large winged black ants to move in to certain sections. They came pouring out a few logs like a spilt drink. The wood seemed dry, split pretty easy (for locust)and the bark peeled off easily. It has that heavy "tink" sound a hard wood makes when you knock two logs together so I'm wondering if it is dry enough for this year? I have a decent pile of cherry, oak and poplar seasoned since winter so I'm OK. This locust will get stacked as reserves and probably burn it next year.