Good Firewood

As the weather starts to turn really chilly, I keep thinking about lighting a fire…but what makes the best firewood?  A little investigation brought up this rather sweet poem:

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year
Chestnut only good they say
If for long it’s laid away
Make a fire of elder tree
Death within your house will be
But ash new or ash old
Is fit for a Queen with a crown of gold
Birch and Fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last
It is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread
Elmwood burns like churchyard mould
Even the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a Queen with a golden crown
Poplar gives a bitter smoke
Fills your eyes and makes you choke
Apple wood will scent your room
With an incense-like perfume
Oaken logs, if dry and old
Keep away the winters cold
But ash wet or ash dry
A king shall warm his slippers by

Author Unknown

In fact, ash is widely considerd to be one of the best burning woods.  It has a steady flame, a good heat output and lasts reasonably well.  As the poem suggests, even ‘unseasoned’ (green) ash gives a good fire. If you’re chopping it yourself, you will also find it is easy to saw and split.

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This post was written by Lucy on October 22, 2008

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