My only experience with wood is selling it. If I split it now (oaks, locust, and maples) and the bark is still on it after it sitting all spring/summer/fall, I know the moisture content has not dropped low enough for it to burn well in the fireplace. Also, from what I understand you should only use hardwoods ( deciduous, leaf dropping trees ) in an aquarium. No softwoods ( needle bearing trees ) should be used inside because the sap found in them can be poisonous.
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