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hi everyone, I have two large horse chestnuts in my garden,both heavily infected with Phytophthore [bleeding cankers]. unfortunately, both will have to be felled this winter as there is no cure. my question is, can the infected timber be used in my wood burning stove. chestnut can normally be used in wood burners but will the infection be a problem ?

fidgetbones

The only problem I can see is if you stack the felled wood near to other trees that might become infected.  It should burn OK.

Dovefromabove

I think the theory is that the wood should be burned 'on site' to avoid spreading the disease - it certainly shouldn't be transported - as you already have the disease in your garden I can't see why you shouldn't make sensible use of it to keep warm in the winter.

Horse chestnut wood gives out a good heat but it does spit a lot, so burning in a stove is ideal. 

fidgetbones, and dovefromabove. many thanks for you`re considered advice.

little-ann

we had to cut one down in the corner of our field and have burned it on our log burner

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