Originally Posted by sarsnik
I'm going to build it if I get the tentative go ahead here. I can't imagine that the wood would spontaneously combust, but would just start charring at the worst.
of course it wouldn't spontaneously combust...but you do know that wood is flammable right? So when exposed to direct flames it will light on fire. Somewhere I read that a lot of ancient (and not so ancient) people's used wood as a way to create fire. You know....In the days before gas or electricity.....
I guess if you were really hell bent on this idea you could soak the bottom of it prior to heating in an attempt to not let the damp would catch on fire but then you'd worry about warping your pretty mash tun....I'd say only wrap it in wood if you were heating with some other method than fire...