my point is theres no need to split...just shave off the damp outer
I don't mean to be rude, but you are showing a great deal of ignorance about maintaining any kind of fire used for a group.
And yes, if we are 'journeying' solo we carry the means to boil water and eat without a large fire. At a camp, and where it's viable, a well maintained fire is the heart and soul of being in the wild. There are still plenty of places that's possible even on this overcrowded island.