Arriving at church last week, I found a few men clearing a patch of woods on the church property. One of the guys told me that they were about to burn an entire cherry tree that had been cut down. I didn't have my truck, so I got my wife's SUV, threw down a blanket and loaded as much of the wood as would fit in the back of her vehicle. I unloaded it when I get home and threw the blanket in the garage.
Two days later, it rains, my wife grabs her umbrella which must have touched some of the wood and she apparently has had a reaction to a bit of poison ivy that was clinging to the cut off logs. I did notice some vines clinging to the pieces and threw them in a fire that the men had started. I found out this past Sunday that the college student who was helping me load some wood in his truck and in my SUV must have breathed in some of the smoke from the fire as he had experienced a very bad reaction to the ivy, was taken to the ER due to his eyes swelling shut and severe rash.
I, thankfully, didn't have any reaction to any of the wood even though I loaded the wood with my bare hands and was walking past the very same fire and breathing the same smoke.
Option 1 - Get a hot bonfire going and throw away this precious cherry wood.
Option 2 - Pull off any remaining vines, strip off as much bark, and stack it to be dried for 9 months or longer before smoking with the wood.
I don't know how long the "oils" could last once dried on the wood for such a length of time. Thoughts/suggestions?