Which wood to burn?

With thanks to Wikipedia - logs!

With thanks to Wikipedia – logs!

We’ve been asked a few times over the last year about the best wood to buy for use in your open fire or woodburner. Burning the right wood could save you money and prevent the build up of tar (creosote) on your chimney lining. Ultimately it could prevent a chimney fire…

Always buy the best you can, or ensure that you ‘season (the drying process) the wood. HAPPY (and safe) BURNING SEASON!

There’s a great little poem to guide you:


Beech wood 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 too fast,

Blaze up bright and do not last.

It is by the Irish said,

Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.

Elm wood burns like a churchyard mould,

E’en the very flames are cold.

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,

Fills your eyes and makes you choke.

Apple wood will scent your room

With an incense like perfume.

Oak and maple, if dry and old,

Keep away the winter cold.

But Ash wood wet or Ash wood dry,

A king shall warm his slippers by.

Note: birch bark is extremely flammable even when wet;  it makes an excellent fire starter if you have lots lying around.


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