DIY wood store and poetic wood lore!

So the first time for a while it hasn’t been raining at the weekend, and I managed to get our wood store built from some old pallets.

It didn’t take too long, but I did hurry a little as it was cloudy today and looked like it might rain, thankfully it didn’t though.

I finished just in time too as the local wood company turned up about 10 minutes after I had finished with my cubic metre of Beech wood!

Took me a little while to stack it as I wanted to make sure it was done properly – putting it on at different angle for each layer to ensure good air circulation to keep it dry: not that it needs it as it’s been seasoned for a year anyway.

Hopefully it will last until the end of Jan, but we’ll see – either way it’ll keep me warm as I’ve had the wood stove on tonight with some of the wood and it burns really well, just like Beech should!

I came across a cool wood burning poem the other day and I thought I’d post it here as well as a short list of woods and their burning properties…

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 wood 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.

Apple and pear – burning slowly and steadily with little flame but good heat. The scent is also pleasing.

Ash – the best burning wood providing plenty of heat (will also burn green but you should not need to do this!)

Beech and hornbeam – good when well seasoned

Birch – good heat and a bright flame – burns quickly.

Blackthorn and hawthorn – very good – burn slowly but with good heat

Cherry – also burns slowly with good heat and a pleasant scent.

Cypress– burns well but fast when seasoned, and may spit

Hazel – good, but hazel has so many other uses hopefully you won’t have to burn it!

Holly – good when well seasoned

Horse Chestnut – good flame and heating power but spits a lot.

Larch – fairly good for heat but crackles and spits

Maple – good.

Oak – very old dry seasoned oak is excellent, burning slowly with a good heat

Pine – burns well with a bright flame but crackles and spits

Poplar – avoid all poplar wood – it burns very slowly with little heat – which is why poplar is used to make match sticks.

Willow – very good – in fact there is growing interest in biomass production of coppiced willow as a fuel

So there we have it, we’re all stocked up with wood for the cold and more importantly for Christmas too, I’m looking forward to a mulled wine, a mince-pie or 3 sat in front of the wood stove on a cold Christmas day – wicked!

Until next time…

WeeMike

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