That does help a little...at least you won't be fighting the stove to make heat with wet wood (doesn't work well) but you still don't want to burn wood much over 20% MC...it will cause more smoke, and creosote buildup in the chimney.Open fireplace, recreational burning, if that means anything.
Water doesn't burn, it puts fires out...think of it this way, if you put 40lbs of wood in the FP, (admittedly a good size fire) and the wood is 20% MC, that means there is about 8 lbs of water in there...or almost a gallon!
Look for some soft maple to cut/split/stack (CSS) ash, poplar, boxelder, pine, cherry, even beech dries fairly fast. CSS it right away, split it smaller if you want it for this winter, and top cover as has been discussed...then keep going, get next years wood CSS'd too.
Oak is probably the slowest drying common firewood there is! (its a grain structure thing)