Freddy wrote:If it it white birch and was never split, it is junk. All white birch must be split when cut or it goes dozey even if under cover.
Other than unsplit white birch, If it's been under cover it should be good, but even under cover wood can go bad under certain circumstances....stacked tight, humid areas. Hardwood If not covered it may or may not be good. Inspect the wood to tell if it's good or rotten. Good dry wood will be solid with "checks" on the ends, that is, little splits from shrinking as it dries. If you strike two pieces together, they will bounce apart and make a solid sharp sound. You can not push a fingernail into good wood. Rotten wood will have damp soft spots, perhaps even mold or fungus on the ends. If you take your fingernail you can squish it into the wood and see that it's wet. Knocking two pieces together will make a dull thunk and barely if at all bounce.
Good description Freddy. But it's true: Whomever will come to look at it will have their own opinion.
Another option: Sell it on your street, in stacks of 10 or 20 pieces, for $5 or $10 a stack. The yuppies will buy it up for their Friday/Saturday nite Fireplace burn.