When you heat with a wood stove there are some things you will not find in books or remember from year to year. Probably no one will tell you either because it should be obvious but then if it were so obvious why do I forget from year to year? It is all those 2-3" logs you cut for firewood last summer should be stacked where they are quickly and easily accessible. Totally separate from the larger pieces. Oh, I remember now, those pieces that were so easy to toss up the mountain where I could get to them with the trailer.
Now that it is 8 degrees outside and the wind is blowing 40 to nothing, isn't the time to have to sort through mixed sizes of firewood to find the larger pieces. When you need heat in the house and don't want to jump up every 15 minutes to feed 2" pieces into the wood stove you need more substantial firewood. What you really need are larger pieces that will be more dense and burn longer. Those 2" pieces burn pretty fast and make a good bed of coals. You also need them to get the fire started each morning. You don't need them after you get the wood stove stoked up though. Then they go from being an asset to a liability. You can also freeze to death sorting through them looking for more substantial pieces.
So if you stack the small 2-3" diameter pieces in a pile by themselves you will know right where they are and be able to bring in the right amount each day. Otherwise if you mix them in with your regular firewood you will be pushing through hurricane force winds in 8 degree temperatures to get the pieces of firewood you need. On the other hand when you have to get up every 15 minutes to feed the wood stove you get exercise which serves to warm you up a little.
Now if I can just remember that for next firewood season all will be good. Probably next summer though I'll end up doing the same thing as I have forgotten now for 14 years running. Now that it is written down, I may remember it for next year. Then again......