Does anyone ever discard wood?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by the_guad, Feb 16, 2006.

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    I just had a cord delivered and some of it looked a little less than desirable. Lots of mud and some even had moss growing on the remaining bark.

    Is there ever a piece of wood you just want to throw back to nature?
     
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    I usually figure that if I paid for it or cut and hauled it--whatever--I'm going to get some heat out of it. Mud won't hurt your stove unless it's wet. Moss burns pretty good when it's dry. I get my revenge on chunks of wood that I don't like by burning them.
     
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    Depends on the tree, though probably not for moss. That's normal out here. :) But I have a half of a hemlock that just got too punky to burn and it is out back becoming soil. We usually throw away alder that is over 3 years unless it's been stored under cover for the same reason. Some trees like alder are designed to disintegrate quickly and provide nutrients to the forest floor.
     
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    My rule is that if I can pick it up, it's good to burn. If I grab the wood and it falls to dust...no good! Helped a neighbor clean up an old wood pile a few years ago...some of that wood had to be treated pretty gently to get it into the stove without falling apart! Now if I have to pay for it, or have to do too much work to get it, I wouldn't bother.

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    if it's wet and buggy I toss it out. Covered with mud or dirt....once it's dry you just bang a couple pieces together and most of the dirt comes off. the rest shovels out like ash when yo uare done burning. It's wood. It burns. Burn it.
     
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    If I split a round and find an ant colony, I usually throw those pieces aside. If they are really bad, I'll throw them into the woods. Otherwise, I burn it all.

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    Thanks all. I guess so long as it doesn't disintegrate in my hand, or harbor an infestation, I'll stack, season and burn it.
     
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