I am new to heating my house with firewood and am reading conflicting things on the internet. From your experience, would you tell me what you know about the following? I have a brick fireplace. How long would you season hardwood before burning it? I'm reading everything from six months to a year minimum. Would you burn wood that you found on the ground if it wasn't rotten? I read somewhere that wood on the ground that wasn't covered was as "wet" as just cut wood even if it's been there for a year. Would you burn that wood? We have a hickory tree that was cut down last year but never split and I'm worried that I shouldn't split and burn it now. The sections are from the base of the tree so they're pretty wide. I plan to heat our living room with the fireplace this year and don't want to start a creosote fire or something. We burned some for a couple of months last winter but before that the fireplace hadn't been used for thirty years because the chimney was in such bad repair. It's in good shape now and sealed but I still have concerns about residue buildup. Thank you.