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white fungus

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by clearblue16, Feb 22, 2009.

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  1. clearblue16

    clearblue16 New Member

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    hello, i got a load of split wood from a friend....i live in seattle....he had it poorly covered with tarps for about 8 months....it is not rotten or punky but there is a lot of that white fuzz, which is a fungus or mold or something.....will that go away if i put it in proper storage and kept dry or does that stuff still live on? anybody have experience with this? thanks

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  2. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    People in the NW still somehow haven't figured out that moist dark places grow mold...but that's another story.

    I have mold in various colors on my next-year's woodpile, from white, to black spots, to green fuzz, and even some little toadstools. When it warms up and (if) the sun comes out it will dry up, provided you don't seal it under a tarp. The key is air flow between rows, and only covering the very top of the rows, or not covered at all in July/August/Early September. Last year's wood got moved into the shed around mid September, and stayed mold-free even in the fall rains.

    If you let this stuff air out the mold will die, but I wouldn't store it inside. It'll be fine when it dries out.
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