I had some chestnut oak I burned that I seasoned for 6 months. I cut it in the first couple days of June. I split it right a away then stacked it outside in direct sunlight for 2 weeks. After that I stored it in my barn till November. Last drop of water that wood saw was the storm it came down in. I just made sure it never saw another drop. Inside the barn it can't get wet and I leave the stall doors open so their is a cross breeze flowing through the barn.
All different species of trees have a different water content. Oaks tend to be high. Ash for example tends to be low.
Rd22, if you are burning for heat 10-12 is a minimum. If you are burning for ambiance almost anytime after split. A caution about burning too much non-seasoned wood through a chimney. Creosote could build up.
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I just had a maple freshly cut and dropped off 1st week of aug. I split it up and its sitting. Planned on using it for fireplace(enclosed) inside cabin for last weekend of deer season( approx. 12/15/14)... I was just wondering if it didn't burn as good only being 4 months seasoned as opposed to the ideally 10- 12 months..I'd be mixing it in with yearly seasoned wood which would burn good..didn't want to use it if it would only smolder away...