Develop thermal verification guidelines for firewood heat treatment
With the support from the US Forest Service Wood Education and Resources Center, Forest Products Laboratory researchers and cooperators at the University of Minnesota-Duluth have initiated a study to improve the current heat treatment process by developing generic thermal verification guidelines. These guidelines are primarily based on kiln conditions, eliminating most operator errors in current heat treatment practices. This project is being conducted by a multidisciplinary team that includes university and federal laboratory researchers, state wood products specialists, USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) officers, and field regulatory staff from several states. Completion of this project will help the firewood industry reduce costs and increase efficiency of heat treatment in commercial firewood operations.
Forest Service Partners