After much debate on a thread back in December and the purhcase of a moisture meter, I can confirm that semi-seasoned wood can dry out in a matter or days when stored near a wood stove. The experiment: 1. I took several large semi-seasoned splits (~8 inch dia.) and chopped them down to ~3 inch splits. 2. I took moisture meter readings on the fresh split surfaces and got a range of readings between 27% and 35%. (my meter tops out at 40%) 3. I put all splits into the fireplace behind the woodstove and left them there for two days. 4. I put one split in the stove and sure enough she sizzled and bubbled out of the visible end. 5. Two days later (running stove 24/7), the highest reading I could get was 3%. 6. Dried splits were placed in the stove...........no sizzling or bubbling. The next test will involve splitting the dried splits and taking a reading on the next split surface to see water kind of reading I get. I could also take two large splits, keep one outside and one behind the stove. Split both two days later and take readings. Finally, the larger the split the longer the time probably needed behind the stove.... Only other test would be to weigh each piece before and after, but I don't have a scale. Bottom line, wood will dry out quickly behind the stove.