Hello everyone we just got a wood burning stove and of course we did not have the foresight to start aging wood 3 years ago. I do have woods on our property behind my house and neighbors that will let us harvest their dead or downed trees . I will have to learn to identify trees so I know what ones I want and spend time on here learning what good gear and techniques are. (saw the tire splitting method !) I will start collecting wood this spring, I think that leaves me buying wood this and next winter. I know next to nothing about this but what I have gleamed from here so far is to make sure I measure to see If I got what I paid for. And I will have to learn to identify what the wood is to make sure I got hardwood as advertised. Would you guys recommend buying a moisture meter and checking a split before allowing delivery? We have no clue how much we will go through but we figured we would start with a cord. I have looked around on the web and there are a lot of guys that don't look like they are worth doing business with. I did find these guys that at least appear to know what they are doing and would appreciate opinions or tips on any of this: http://stlouis.craigslist.org/grq/4237332470.html http://www.firewoodstlouis.com/ http://stlouis.craigslist.org/grd/4175271741.html http://www.tomasiscuttingedge.com/firewood I get a trailer load of free pallets for my bonfires from a buddy so I figured I would stack 4 pallets wide and do 2 rows is there a stacking method best used for measuring your delivery? or at the ends to keep the wood in the middle from falling? The only good place to stack is along a privacy fence so that will affect airflow a bit I figured I would do 1ft gap between the rows and 1ft between them and fence. I will be able to build a roof over the wood next year but for now I will use a tarp (not on sides or ends). BTW the fiancee thinks I am very silly for getting all into this, she wanted me to just order today and then burn whatever we can get out of the back yard.. The words aged, hardwood, and moisture content all lead her to think I am over complicating this.