Wood that’s become soft?

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acritzer

Member
May 10, 2018
62
Cincinnati, OH
Can I use wood that’s become or becoming soft? Most likely from bugs? There’s definitely some that’s rotten, but what about pieces that aren’t totally gone? Or some that are half and half?
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,924
Long Island NY
If it's dry (and not a wet sponge), then yes. You'll get a lot less heat out of it (because its weight is lower), but it'll burn without issues if it's dry. Keep an eye on how fast it goes (damping down soon enough) because it burns quicker (more surface area available).
 

NickW

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2019
559
SE WI
Burning punky, light, dry honey locust during the days right now... Similar to burning softwood.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
1,218
Palmyra, WI
According to Webster
Definition of punkwood
: rotten wood
especially : wood permeated by the mycelium of pore fungi and frequently luminescent.
I'll need to check on the luminescent part.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,924
Long Island NY
According to Webster
Definition of punkwood
: rotten wood
especially : wood permeated by the mycelium of pore fungi and frequently luminescent.
I'll need to check on the luminescent part.

Cool, yes! Pics pls :)
 

NickW

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2019
559
SE WI
If you've never seen luminescent wood, it's really cool. I see it in aspen here or there.
 
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,924
Long Island NY
I'm going to have to let some wood rot... (I cringe...)
 

NickW

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2019
559
SE WI
Pics probably wouldn't show up. It's very light, greenish blue and it has to be super dark out to see it. I saw some roots and a section of a stump glowing last year after my brush was burned down to coals and there was little moonlight.
 
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,924
Long Island NY
I have read The French purposely let their wood rot. Proper aging or some such thing. Go figure.

Lol. Like their moldy cheese - but that I actually like quite a bit!
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,450
Unity/Bangor, Maine
Dry and punky = burn away, but realize it will burn faster.

Wet and punky = tossed into the woods to become tree food.