I'm new wood stove and just had my first year of burning wood, mostly purchased already seasoned and split. My PG&E bill has been around $60-70, so we're very happy. I'm beginning to collect wood for next year. Most of what I get are rounds and need splitting. I have some questions: 1. How long shoud I let the wood dry before splitting? I heard that there's a certain window to do this in - too green or too dry will make splitting harder. True or false? 2. What tool do I need to buy? I saw some 8 lbs axe / wood splitters at Home Depot & Lowe's. Are these adequate or do I need more? I'd appreciate any pointer on best ways to split wood and avoiding unnecessary tools. Thank you!