Here’s an EPA video clip on using a moisture meter to determine whether or not your wood is ready to be burned in your wood stove. Even if you don’t have a moisture meter – the message of burning dry wood is important because wet wood creates excessive smoke which is energy wasted and contributes to both indoor and outdoor air pollution.
That air pollution can lead to respiratory problems in young and old alike. To find ways to improve the air quality in your home go to http://www.anthc.org/cs/dehe/envhlth/ehc/upload/Improving_Indoor_Air_Quality__Policy_and_Practice.pdf
Here’s a video on techniques for drying wood.