I try to split off the punk wood, but I’m not going out of my way to do it. The punky mesquite gets more solid when it dries out or falls off in handling. I don’t get any complaints on it. But if I drop a tree and it really bad I’ll leave it lay. If I cut it already I’ll throw it in my stash.
Lot of times my splitter won't split it off cleanly, it breaks apart in chunks so I'll even grab my axe and shave some of it off too. Less dust in my house the better.
Don't forget grab up all the meal worms fallin out for the chickens
I split it off, never really have had any luck in getting to dry out... it just usually gets softer and remains wet over time... then it spreads to nearby wood... especially if oak. Now, if it's more than 50% punk, then I won't even waste my time and will either discard it to the burn pile or firepit supply, or leave it on site to go back into the ground. I don't really have an endless supply of wood, but I can afford to be selective with the resources that are available to me. Punky wood also makes more of a mess that I have to drag indoors. Eff that chit...