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Beechwood fires burn bright and clear If the logs are kept a year Store your beech for Christmastide With new holly laid beside Chestnuts only good they say If for years 'tis stayed away Birch and firwood burn too fast Blaze too bright and do not last Flames from larch will shoot up high Dangerously the sparks will fly But Ashwood green and Ashwood brown Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown
Oaken logs, if dry and old Keep away the winters cold Poplar gives a bitter smoke Fills your eyes and makes you choke Elmwood burns like churchyard mould Even the very flames burn cold Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread So it is in Ireland said Applewood will scent the room Pears wood smells like a flower in bloom But Ashwood wet and Ashwood dry A King may warm his slippers by.
Nice verse...been heating with wood since '88. Have an indoor wood furnace tied into our duct work. Long dead locust is hard on saw chains but is my preferred fuel. Unfortunately, there is plenty of dead standing, beetle killed Ash here on the ol Blue Ridge in Virginia.
Enjoyed the verse but the first thing I thought at the end was "what about locust?!?!" Nice to see other commenters agree with me. Not the best smelling stuff when it burns, and it can be a BEAR to cut and split, especially splitting it manually with mawl and sledge, but it burns HOT and long.
Some years ago someone gave me a bunch of cherry which I seasoned a solid year. That stuff burned very pretty and hot, maybe even better than apple.
I have burned many different woods for fuel. Black Locust is tops for sure, but if one can find it, Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is even better. Unfortunately, it is not abundant and limited to the west coast area.
I heard a story many years ago: a man was out in the woods on a day that was so-o-o-o cold, that he had to light a second fire to thaw out the first one?!?!?!? I don't know what kind of wood he was using. lol