Any advice would be appreciated.
My city, in its infinite wisdom, cut down, so far, about twenty-five 75-year old live oak trees growing in the median of a busy street near my home*. They then sawed up the remains into two-foot sections suitable for putting in a fireplace. I THINK the city plans to install a sewer down the median; but maybe they just hate trees.
My son and I scored a pick-up load of these logs, much to the amazement and head-shaking of the nearby traffic. The material we foraged range from two inches to over six. I threw together a firewood rack out of some left-over 2" PVC and stacked the wood. My stack is about 4' wide and 3' tall (and 2' deep), ample for a city dweller just looking for ambiance, not heat.
I'm here to tell you, raw live oak is some HEAVY stuff!
-------------- * Houston: Bellaire Blvd east of Sam Houston Parkway if any local people want to gather some, ah, "windfall".