Controlling Bugs in Woodpile
Does anyone have any good tips on how to eliminate bugs from wood? All of my firewood is from fallen trees on my property. Most of the wood is solid but some harbors some pests. It seems wasteful to leave it to rot but I don't know what else to do. Sometimes I'll make a pile of buggy wood, wait till it freezes and throw a piece or two on a hot fire but I'm always afraid that some bugs or eggs will fall of on the way to the woodstove. I have considered putting diatomaceous earth on the woodpile because a few bad pieces always get mixed in and I don't want an infestation to break out but I'm not sure of the safety. I am fairly sure that most heat bricks used in woodstoves and kilns are made mostly of diatomaceous earth. With that in mind I think wood treated with it should be ok but I don't want to be wrong and accidentally poison everyone and everything near the stove. Any advice would be wonderful. Thanks.