While driving around over the weekend I drove by a new subdivision going in about eight miles from where I live. There was a stack of logs laying on a lot at the entrance. I made a mental note to come back and check on the logs. I decided to play hookey from work today and loaded up the chain saws and paid a visit to the new subdivision in hopes I would find someone there. Sure enough, one of the partners was there and told me to take all the wood I wanted, they were just going to dispose of it anyway. All I had to do was saw it up to length and load it on the truck. My first load (8 foot truck bed) was white oak. Went back for the second load and loaded up with all red oak. Still some oak left as well as some maple and gum. All I have ever burned is oak and hickory. The guy running the excavator told me he still had a lot of oak to cut down and that I should come back again and get as much as I want. Came back with the second load with cut lengths ranging from 15 to 20 inches in diameter. Got that load split as soon as I got home. Will be going back this weekend and hopefully get enough to put me through next year and maybe the year after. With oak available to me, would it be worth my time bringing the maple home? I am now in hoarding mode for firewood. The manual for the VC cat stove I had (cast iron) said not to burn wood that is too dry. About one year is what they recommended. Representative at Blaze King (steel stove) told me to burn as dry wood as I want, "The dryer the better." So, I'm hoping to store enough wood for three or four years at a time.