The proper kinds of logs to burn

Alison and Peter Barnes's wood castle (shed doesn't seem like an appropriate description)

Alison and Peter Barnes’s wood castle (shed doesn’t seem like an appropriate description)

Several people have passed poems to me about what wood is best to burn.

The Firewood Poem

This one is attributed to Celia Congreve, and is believed to be first published in The Times on 2 March 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.


Logs to burn

This beauty is courtesy of Peter Cockrell of Blewbury:



And this unattributed pean to the oak was passed to me in Wantage on 20 June 2013