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Partially Rotted Logs

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by svk, Nov 1, 2019.

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What do you do with rounds that are partially rotted?

  1. I split it and keep the punky stuff attached

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  2. I split it and then remove the punky stuff

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  3. Leave all of that **** out in the woods!!

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  1. svk

    svk A little bit of everything

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    Just curious. If you start cutting up a tree and the rounds are partially solid but partially punky, do you take them home or no?
     
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    With supplying wood for 3 households this year I got more selective. I used to cut everything, bring it home and salvage what was good. Trouble was at the end of the season you have a pile of garbage to get rid of. Now I try to weed out bad wood before I even cut unless it’s oak. The big red oak this year had the first 8’ of trunk all rotted and crumbling. But I scraped thru the rotted bark and wood and found out the rot was only 2-3” deep and only on 1 side. So we did salvage 8’ of the trunk that we almost left.
     
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    jimdeere ArboristSite Member

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    I have cut down some large locust trees and been disappointed to find that inside was doty. But being locust, I’d route out the rot and save the good. I wouldn’t do that for any other tree.
     
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    Split the punk off.
     
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    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    Burn it.
     
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    I don’t need the Mess at home, Leave that Schitt in the Woods


    Doug :cheers:
     
  7. old CB

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    Like Dahmer, I've brought home some dead oak that was partially rotted. Bit of a PIA to split off the punk, but the rest burns nicely. It comes down to whether the bother is worthwhile or not.
     
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    steved ArboristSite Guru

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    I've brought it home, split the good stuff out and burn that.

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    Leave it..there’s too much good stuff around to mess with trash.
     
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    when splitting if it falls off it can stay where its at! the rest goes with me and after loading it into the truck an unloading it at the wood yard …. well if anything is still holding on it must be good enough to burn or sell.
     
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    Actually, I don't exactly split it off. I split like usual, and if a split has punk on it, I just give it a whack against the splitter foot and knock it off.
     
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    Cowboy254 ESD sufferer

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    I take home, split the punk off, split and stack the good stuff and burn the punk in the firepit. :blob2:
     
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    I don't cut firewood in the woods. We haul the logs to the yard.

    If i run into junk, it either goes in the shop stove or goes to a friend's ex-gravel pit thst he's filling in.
     
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    I take it all home, the punk and rot and junk gets mixed into the load of wood I sell my ex wife’s boyfriend.
     
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    I've done all three.

    These days I wouldn't spend too much time removing the punk.

    If you have a really good spot to dry and pay attention to how the pieces sit, the punk will harden over and it's not a big deal. It won't burn as long as the solid obviously but it saves time while salvaging wood. If you have a shady spot and toss it without thought, the stuff will end up worse than it started.
     
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    I have burnt some in the past were i cut into some to see how bad it was maybe 1 or 2 sticks i always load up what i cut and burn it. My brother logged some white oak 2 years ago in the summer and the tops started rotting that fall i was hard up for wood and burnt several loads of the small stuff that didnt need split. I went and looked at some of the tops today and any thing 4 inches and down is junk but the bigger stuff has about a inch of rot on the out side. I cut and split some today is this a wast of time or will it be ok to burn?
     
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    Usually I split at home. Will try split off old Punky Brewster before throwing in to crates. May burn the pile of punk or just ride over it until it goes away.

    And when I run into it, there is an English accent that says "Pun keey!!!!" In my head every time....dunno why
     
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    Be happy I have an OWB to eat it all.
     
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    If a round is all punk or has wet punk I usually leave it. Dry punk with some soild I usually keep. Anything so bad it won't split normal stays in the woods.
     
  20. fiasco

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    Punky stuff gets thrown over the stacks down to the brush pile. First snow of the winter it all goes away.
     

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