June 2008

Thanks for the question regarding Mango wood.  Although limited in the
areas they can grow (India, Florida, Caribbean, Hawaii, etc.), Mango wood
is very popular for upper end wood products like bowls, vases, and even
some furniture.  However, you are correct.  Mango wood contains a sap
that is located at the base of the stem, branches, and trunk. As a result,
a recommendation is made never to burn mango wood as it emits a smoke
that is full of potent irritants.  Plus, Mango trees are highly
suseptible to a number of diseases and pest infestations,
including the fruit fly, black twig borer, sooty mold, and
southern green stink bug to name a few. Pesticide application
is generally necessary to maintain the health of these trees.
Because of the chemical application, Mango wood does not make
for good BBQ!
Stick to forest producing products for the safest woods for BBQ!
Use Smokinlicious® Mango Smokin' Dust®  instead!
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Log truck from the forest under New York State Regulations

Log truck from the forest under New York State Wood Regulations

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In 2009, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation made regulations on the movement of wood, specifically, firewood. The goal? To stop people from traveling into the state with firewood that could bring unwanted bugs and disease.

Why Should You Be Concerned?

So, why the big concern? Firstly, because wood may be hiding the eggs, larvae, spores, adults, or even seeds of invasive threats. Think bugs that love to eat wood and kill our spectacular mountain ranges!

Secondly, some of these pests can kill an entire woodland area quickly. Think the Emerald Ash Borer bug!

Almost every native New York tree species is susceptible to attack by one or more exotic pests. Some of these insects and diseases are already known to be in parts of New York. How do they get here? By hitching a ride from out-of-state travelers who bring their own firewood.

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