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I just have a little dab left over from last year. Enough for two or three fires, so I will have to cut some soon.
It is interesting that you split yours up into such small pieces. I like that size for starting a fire and establishing a bed of coals, but then I like to burn much bigger pieces once the fire is going.
Small pieces like yours burn too hot and fast for me.
I haven't had a fireplace in years, but I used to really enjoy splitting wood for the winter. I had a friend who used to live on about 50 acres up Coal Creek Canyon west of Denver, and I'd help him bring in his winter wood in trade for a pickup-full of my own. Nice times.
The best time to split firewood is winter time. When the temp hits down around -20 or colder even the toughest knottiest wood splits easily. We use a cord & a half per winter in our fire place and work 1 year in advance of use. Cut logs in summer split in the winter and let it dry through summer and burn the next winter. Birch or popular is best as they do not throw sparks into the room when burning like spruce or pine. My neighbors were surprised at how much lower my gas bills are compared to theirs and the outings to cut the logs and do a bit of fishing on weekends are fun.