With energy prices in a seemingly endless upwards spiral together with the efficiency
of modern wood burning stoves, growing firewood is once again
becoming a practical proposition for a landowner. Firewood is
environmentally friendly because it is both a renewable resource
and considered to be 'carbon
neutral' as it results in virtually no 'fossil' carbon dioxide
being added to our present environment and thus helps minimise
the effects of climate change as compared to using gas, oil or
plantations, whether standard or coppice, provide for excellent
native wildlife habitat and should be considered in any woodland
management plan. Cutting firewood through thinning and coppicing
can quickly re-establish a traditional woodland habitat. It is
a decline in this type of practice that has led to the loss or
reduction of some of our most attractive woodland wildlife.
types of tree make better firewood logs than others. Broadleaved
trees are denser than softwoods such as pines and provide more
heat per similar sized bag or trailer load. In general ash, oak,
beech, birch, sycamore, hornbeam are all first class firewoods.
All conifers such as pine, plus sweet chestnut, and turkey oak
are liable to throw sparks but can be used if very dry in a closed
woodburning stove or boiler. Alder, willows and poplars are considered
poor fire woods due to their high moisture content.
Tree Guards from recycled milk containers
Sell your surplus firewood and logs on
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
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
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.
firewood poem was written by Celia Congreve, is
believed to be first published in THE TIMES newspaper
on March 2nd 1930.
Logs to Burn, Logs to burn, Logs to burn,
Logs to save the coal a turn,
Here's a word to make you wise,
When you hear the woodman's cries.
Never heed his usual tale,
That he has good logs for sale,
But read these lines and really learn,
The proper kind of logs to burn.
Oak logs will warm you well,
If they're old and dry.
Larch logs of pine will smell,
But the sparks will fly.
Beech logs for Christmas time,
Yew logs heat well.
"Scotch" logs it is a crime,
For anyone to sell.
Birch logs will burn too fast,
Chestnut scarce at all.
Hawthorn logs are good to last,
If you cut them in the fall.
Holly logs will burn like wax,
You should burn them green,
Elm logs like smouldering flax,
No flame to be seen.
Pear logs and apple logs,
They will scent your room,
Cherry logs across the dogs,
Smell like flowers in bloom
But ash logs, all smooth and grey,
Burn them green or old;
Buy up all that come your way,
They're worth their weight in gold.