Well, I guess I am still learning! This being our first year burning has been interesting to say the least. I have learned that: even though it can have some good size cracks/checks, it can still be wet. even though it doesn't have any noticable check/cracks, it can still be dry. Seriously, I have some stuff that has been in direct sun/wind for a while, great color and checking and sizzled for a good 25 min. but I burned some stuff that has no visable cracks and lit instantly and burned awesome! I don't think I'll ever understand this stuff!