I usually leave my stacked wood in the open, unless it rains then I go out and cover with tarps. It almost seems that the wood I have not covered and exposed to the rain turns grayer faster and is more dried out at the end of the season. Additionally, it's definitely lighter in weight then the other logs. Have you experienced this or is it just my imagination?
Leaving firewood uncovered is not as bad a people make it out to be. That being said, firewood should dry quicker when it is left out in the open and only covered when it rains. Although I can't say for sure, I have a few ideas to help explain your experience:
The location of the piles. Is it possible that the drier pile of firewood is in a spot that get more sun and wind?
Different species. If you have different species in the separate piles, that could be the culprit. For example, ash will dry out much quicker than oak or elm.
Leaving the tarp on too long. Are you always removing the tarp after it rains? If not, the time that the wood spends under the tarp is slowing down the seasoning process.
Hope this helps and keep us informed about your progress. Thanks!
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