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    Default When is firewood to rotten to burn?

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    The father in-law has a firewood business and said I could have this wood thatís been sitting outside for a few years itís split for wood stoves so I still have to split it to wrist size. Just wondering if is worth burning in the arch.
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    If it will fit into your arch burn it without splitting, it will crumble if you try to split it. As long as it's free you'll get some heat out of it but it will burn fast. Try using some of it and if you like it burn all of it.
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    Good thing he doesn't own a restaurant. I'm with Russell shove it in whole and open the draft door or hit the blast gate to the air under fire.

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    The pieces do fit in the arch easy firewood!
    2011 55gallon drum evaporator 25 buckets;2012 shanty, and 2 1/2x8 evaporator, 200 buckets;2013 400 buckets; 2014 752 buckets 250gph RO, filter press;2015 hopefully 1000+ taps on vac if done in time , Noooo more buckets for meee!!!; 2016 sold equipment, sold sap; 2017 sold sap; 2018 logged woods, added another sugar bush, 250 taps on high vac, 2x6 leader with max flu, new MES dolly 300, made 138 gallons syrup!!!; 2019 new D&G 1000gph ro and hopefully 1200+ taps

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    Several big benefits, free wood, father in law happy, which makes wife happy, there may be other benefits too. As long as the wood is dry, use it.
    From time to time I burn some rotted wood, if dry it still makes syrup. Just be prepared to refuel more often.
    If you have some better wood, you may find it best if you just put a little of the "rotten" wood on top after you put the better wood in first.
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    My own personal rule of thumb is when I split it, if it has enough structural integrity to split from end to end it is good. If it breaks out mid split, then it goes to the camp fire pile.
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    I was digging through the pile to hoping to find dry wood in the middle and bottom but that was not the case, this stuff is wet. Idk if it will dry in time for sugar season. Or with wood that has been cut dry and got wet like this stuff, will it dry faster any? Or am I better off cutting some live ash down and splitting it?
    2011 55gallon drum evaporator 25 buckets;2012 shanty, and 2 1/2x8 evaporator, 200 buckets;2013 400 buckets; 2014 752 buckets 250gph RO, filter press;2015 hopefully 1000+ taps on vac if done in time , Noooo more buckets for meee!!!; 2016 sold equipment, sold sap; 2017 sold sap; 2018 logged woods, added another sugar bush, 250 taps on high vac, 2x6 leader with max flu, new MES dolly 300, made 138 gallons syrup!!!; 2019 new D&G 1000gph ro and hopefully 1200+ taps

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    If you split it and stack it where good air movement will help and you put some tin roofing over it to keep snow and rain off, it has the best chance. From there it's up to mother nature. If you keep the stacks well spaced it helps.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
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    I think I would pitch it and get as much new as possible. If it is so deteriorated it is holding moisture it does not have many BTUs left in it. It will be hard to keep dry and you'll use a lot of heat just burning it. Free is not always good.

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