In general, steel can be heated to higher temperatures than wood before deconstructing. For steel, that can mean melting, or a change in chemical composition such that it is n…o longer steel. For wood, it usually means catching fire. The ignition point of wood varies a great deal depending on the type of wood, its shape, and treatments it may have gone through. Very generally, wood ignites in the neighborhood of 350-600 degrees Celsius (662-1112F). Steel alloys have different melting points, but in general it is in the neighborhood of 1370 degrees Celsius (2500F)..
At room temp. wood will be warmer as it is an insulator (MORE)