No, really- it does. I know this because every time I go out to my friend's acreage to harvest wood, there are lots of seasoned, 4-5 year old hardwood splits just laying around on the ground. All I have to do is bend down, pick them up, knock the dirt off them, and load them in my van. Am I lucky or what? He must have some sort of firewood tree, I guess. Splits just fall to the ground in Autumn. He also had a deadwood Cherry for me. It blew down in high winds a couple of years ago. Nearly all of it was off the ground, still hinged at about a 4ft to the stump, about 12-14in diameter at the base. Pristine wood- no ants, borers, or whatever in evidence. Cherry is usually soooo infested. This stuff is old enough the bark is falling off it. Split it this week, burn it in the fall. Man, I'm in wood burners heaven every time I go out there. It would take me a few years to clean up all his acreage. As it is, lots of stuff just lays around decomposing. I measured about 0.87 cord, more or less, after loading it all. Photos tomorrow. I'll be going back there later in the week for another load or two. This will be my year to finally try to get a year or two ahead, just for once. It was a colder winter in the mid-Atlantic. We burned a little more wood than expected. Happily, we didn't come near to running out. Probably at least 1+ cord left. As a beginner, I have been making it primarily because I have had access to so much excellent deadwood. In fact, it's nearly all deadwood I harvest.