I'm sure I'll be relying on your expertise in the future.
Gene, I'm 20 miles east of St. Louis on Rt. 40 (Troy) so you're probably closer than you think. And yes the availability of hardwoods is nice. You wouldn't believe some of the salvaged trees (no new cut) I've cut up for firewood. Incedently that sawmill I worked at years ago, burned down about 5 years ago. No insurance, so he couldn't rebuild. But he now operates a bandsaw mill, so any good log I can wrestle onto my 5x8 trailer goes there now. Should have seen my poor little trailer loaded down with a 30"x5' W. Oak log the local tree guy loaded onto it after a storm. Made nice 6/4 and 8/4 boards albeit short, some quartersawn. Good for benches. Should be dry just about now. Sorry no pics, it was my pre-digital era. Sorry for being so long winded, but I believe I warned you.