|Wood gleaned from neighbor in raised beds|
As one who regularly gathers and burns wood, I painfully watched this wood pile ever so slowly rotting over the past 5-10 years. Even a hardwood, like my neighbor's oak, only stays hard so long before it turns "punky". This process is also know as splating. The fungi do their work to rot away the wood, which over time turns it useless for burning or woodworking. Thankfully my neighbor's wood was not rotted to the point of being worthlessness for burning.
|Jotul wood burning stove|
PS While some have concerns that wood burning releases CO2 into the atmosphere, it actually is CO2 neutral. Carbon stored in wood is emitted into the atmosphere as it decomposes. So by burning wood, instead of carbon-producing fuels such as propane, or electricity from a coal-burning plant, it actually can reduce once's carbon footprint, depending on how much fuel is required to cut and chop the wood.