I'm up to 7.5 cords since Nov. 2012 and am having a BK Princess insert installed this week. Needless to say, I've been interested in getting my wood as dry as possible before the start of burning season next Fall. About (first) 1/2 my wood is stacked criss-cross throughout the entire pile. Entirely inefficient when stacking, but a lot of air moves through those piles to hopefully accelerate drying. I always hear "split your stuff small" and "stack it loose." But don't they contradict? If you split your rounds very small, then they there will be less space in between each split in a traditionally stacked face cord, right? So how exactly do you stack those small splits "lose?" BTW, I have a small side yard I've been given by the Mrs. to stack wood (back yard is off limits and for our kid, the dog, hehe). After my first year of burning I will no longer stack any of my rows criss-cross and I estimate I'll be able to fit 10.5 cords of wood in that small space. Not sure that is going to be quite enough for 3 yrs of wood for my 1974 sq. ft., one-story ranch, but it sounds "good enough" for me, especially if my BK is efficient with the wood!