Up here in Minnesota hickory is almost non existent. I found a craigs list ad where a guy is selling cut and split untreated hickory timbers. Apparently they were rejected for use as railroad ties and are raw timbers. Says they are kiln dried down to about 15% moisture. A bit more dry than I like but for hickory I'm willing to give it a try. Can always soak them if needed. Also has oak but red oak around here is everywhere. I have purchased the bagged chunks of hickory at the store but it's to cost prohibitive to use in a stick burner. Anyhow looking forward to getting some hickory splits that I can get in quantity.