I just recently got back into burning wood as a way of heating my house and all that that entails. The last time I was involved with all this there was no internet, so only recently have I started reading stuff online (forums, etc..). Living in beautiful BC (Canada) all my life I really never knew what other people in other areas had to go through collecting and storing firewood. I'm starting to respect the commitment (or is it fanaticism) that some have securing enough wood for themselves. Reading some of the comments I realize that some have to store 2 and 3 years worth of wood ahead of time, just to make sure they have enough (properly) seasoned wood to burn. When I see stuff like that I have to ask myself if I would bother to heat with wood if I had to do that? What blows me away even more is that some buy all this wood and they have to sit on it for up to 3 years Just the logistics of storing that much wood would be impractical for me given my present situation living in a city sized lot and yet some of these guys are burning 7 or 8 cords a year,,, WOW! When I compare that to my system of collecting 3-4 cords of free, naturally seasoned wood in the summer and burning most, if not all, of it by spring it sure makes me realize some of these guys must go through an awful lot more work (and expense). Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy collecting firewood out in the bush, but if I had to store 18 cords worth at a time I think the fun aspect of it would quickly fade, especially if I had to pay for it. To all you guys with that kind of commitment, I salute you.