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02/11/2013 at 20:53

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 ?

02/11/2013 at 21:35

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.

03/11/2013 at 07:39

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. 

04/11/2013 at 19:25

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

04/11/2013 at 19:27

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

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