We have a high-efficiency fireplace insert-- basically a wood-burning stove made to fit in a fireplace enclosure. It works great-- in the winter it heats most of the house. It needs properly seasoned hardwood or creosote will build up.
In late June we had a big storm that brought down a lot of trees in our area. Between a couple that fell on my property and some other wood I scrounged up, I have some free quality hardwood collected. I cut it up into log-sized pieces at the end of June, and I'm just now getting around to splitting it all-- I'm about 1/3 of the way done splitting.
How long will it take to season the wood? I've heard a minimum of 6 months, but 9 is better. If I have to wait 9 months, I won't be using it till the winter of 2009/2010. Also, did the seasoning start at the end of June when the wood fell, or does it start after the wood is split? The split wood is stored under cover, so it won't see a drop of rain.