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How long for soft wood to rot in wood stack

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bspring, Jan 12, 2010.

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  1. Bspring

    Bspring Feeling the Heat

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    I have several cords of wood that has a lot of Poplar, Gum and soft Maple. It is around 2 years old and has not been covered. I brought some into the basement and noticed that a lot of it is punky. I don't remember it being that bad when I was stacking it. Could it rot that fast?

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  2. moshiersr

    moshiersr New Member

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    uncovered poplar goes to heck in a hurry, even if it is stacked... in two years it definitely could go punk..
  3. pyper

    pyper New Member

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    Around here (I'm in the Upstate of SC too), any wood will start to rot in 2 years if you don't cover it -- 50+ inches of rain falling equally through the year (roughly an inch of rain every week) with humidity in the upper 80s most of the time...
  4. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I burn all my sorftwood with in a year.
  5. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    Here in central PA, softwood will last a long time if split and kept off the ground. There seems to be line, perhaps the Mason Dixon line, that separates the north and south from a wood storage point of view.
  6. TreePapa

    TreePapa Minister of Fire

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    Here in so. calif., if I keep firewood off the ground, it will prolly last forever or at least 'till I burn it. Don't even have to cover it 'less it's gonna rain and I plan to burn the wood within a few days. If something isn't in contact w/ moisture in these parts, it doesn't rot, it petrifies (or seems to).

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  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Keep it up off the ground and the top of the pile covered and it will last for years. Otherwise, use it up fast or it will turn punky rather quickly.
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