"My husband tries to tell me all wood will burn the same. He never starts cutting firewood until late October. The only seasoned wood we have will be what is left over from last year, which is quite a bit. Instead of burning that wood, he burns what he cuts and leaves on the ground through the year. I try to tell him that wood will not cure out good until it is blocked and has time to dry out. What is your opinion?" - Shelby
I'm not going to get into a family spat but I can see both sides. Theoretically, all wood does burn the same. In actuality, all wood species don't because of varying wood densities and moisture contents.
I prefer air dry wood of a species that has the ability to burn with a high BTU content over the longest possible period of time (called "coaling"). Ideally, it should be split (more exposed surface area, quicker seasoning), stacked and placed out of the weather for a long enough period of time to get the wood below 15% moisture content.
Do I always do that? No.
Wet or green wood takes much of the energy of burning to drive off water - very inefficient. Wet or green wood creates creosote that reduces the effectiveness of the stove dirties the flue and is a potential fire hazard. Wet wood is harder to start.
Trees felled for a year tend to approach ambient moisture. If you are having a dry season, you have potentially dry firewood so try to process fallen trees at extended times of lower humidity (dry wood is actually easier to split). Try to keep that processed wood covered and out of the weather for immediate burning. In any event, all wood will burn but with different efficiencies, which is mainly controlled by how it was cured and stored.