That is about the only way around here,there is no kilns close by. When we had the Belsaw Mill on the farm we used to just stick it and stack it in an open shed. When we used it it had a mildew on it, but that was gone after the planer, The bottom of the pile next to the dirt had some bug holes in it. But this wasn't furniture lumber anyway.I think for the average Joe drying your own lumber isn't a good idea. It takes a lot of knowhow to dry lumber the right way. I am sure you went to a lot of work and expense to dry that lumber and you got mostly firewood.
I worked at one time a flooring mill and even with all their experience they still had things go wrong.