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Found the stuff below at Amazon. Might be worth keeping some around, just in case. Don't use it if Santa is in your flue. It supposedly suffocates chimney fires so it would do the same to him.
For us wood-burners, woodpiles feel like money in the bank. Here's a couple of Sipp's woodpiles:
My woodpile, yesterday. I do not have a little drummer boy anymore to stack it for me. I reckon close to 2 cords, maybe 1 1/2. I will get to it after I get to a few other things. The stacked pile of unsplit on the left is bigger than it looks. It's a 1/3 cord of green wood, from Sandy: Maple, Piss-Elm, and Black Locust.
I can identify with this. I live in the mountains on the left coast in a pine forest. I have 8 cords of wood split and stacked with 2 of them outside my back door for this winter. My nieghbor had someone cut about 25 of his trees down and offerred me the wood. All I have to do is cut and haul it and pile the branches and trimmings. I thought I was done for the season just before Thanksgiving since we got the first of our usual 4-8 feet of snow. But the Pineapple express has changed all that and the ground is bare so for the last 7 days I have been cutting, hauling with a wheelbarrow and cleaning up. I added about 2 cords and there is probably another 3 cords or more on the ground. I can't decide if I want it to snow so I can quit and relax or want it to keep raining so I can keep adding to my wood pile. You can never have too much wood when you heat exclusively with wood.
I grew up on a farm heating my tiny, cold blooded Grandmother w/a woodstove1. There was no such thing as too much stacked, dry wood. When I watched the movie Seven Samurai, I identified with "I'm Heinachi Hayashida, a fencer of the Wood Cut School."
If by how long you mean length I try for 16" it is the standard. My stove will accomodate a piece 23" long so if I have a cut that long I don't trim it I just stack it seperately.
If you are asking how long to age cut wood, here where I live the summers are hot and dry any wood cut and split before spring is over will be dry.
I get pine for free so I burn pine. In other places I have lived I preferred oak, madrone, walnut, maple in that order. I can buy oak for $200 a cord and it is a good price but I would have to transport it 150 miles. The reason it is a good price is it takes about 4-5 times as much pine to get the same heat as you get from the oak. So while my pine is free it is not free of labor and I can afford the 200 a cord split aged oak. I am just too stuborn/cheap to pass up the free wood.