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The Firewood Poem

By Holly Jan 8, 2015 3:30:18 PM

For our blog post today we thought we’d share this great little poem on the different types of wood used for burning. The Firewood Poem, thought to have first been published in The Times in 1930 by a lady called Celia Congreve, discusses the merits of burning woods of different trees; which burn well, which are smoky, and even how long they need to be seasoned for. Just remind us not to burn any elder wood any time soon…

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The Firewood Poem (1930)

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis 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 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.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.

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