Sunday, 18 January 2009

the woodcutter's way...


We should have our woodburner by the summer! So we are starting to gather wood and kindling to give it enough time to season ready for next winter!

"Beechwood fires are bright and clear if the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut's only good, they say, if for long it's laid away.
Birch and Fir logs burn fast, blaze up fast and so they do not last
Elmwood burns like church yard mould, even the very flames are cold
Poplar gives a bitter smoke, fills your eyes and makes you choke.
Applewood will scent your room with incense like perfume.
Oak and Maple, if dry and old, keep away the winter cold
But Ashwood wet and Ashwood dry, a king shall warm his slippers by."

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