Is heat treated firewood safe from concerns of oak wilt?
I have a wood burning fireplace and would like to purchase wood. I have several oaks on my property (and in the neighborhood) that I care deeply for. I do not currently have dry firewood from my property that I can burn in my fireplace.
If I purchase firewood from a supplier who has been certified with the MN Dept. of Ag, can I be confident that heat treating process will kill the oak wilt fungus? They state the moisture content of the wood is below 15%. There is plenty of information out there about heat treating in relation to EAB but I cannot find much on oak.
Thank you for your help.
Ramsey County Minnesota
Hello If the supplier is MDA certified you can be confident that the firewood is fine to burn. I will link a few sites for you to look over. The first is information from the UMN Extension website: https://extension.umn.edu/plant-diseases/oak-wilt-minnesota#how-can-i-stop-the-spread%3F-1258962 The second is a reminder from the MDA detailing the importance of buying MDA or USDA certified wood: https://mda.state.mn.us/firewood-alert-campers-vacationers The third is general information on oak wilt from the UMN My MN Woods webpage: http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/oak-wilt/ Let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks, Lacy - FIL