Friday, October 5, 2007

Wood Work

September is the month to "do" the wood. Oak and ash and fir and maple, each has their own firey quality. Seasoned oak will burn all night, fir burns hot and quick so it's good for starting fires and quickly warming the house. Ash will burn despite being damp or green(or both), and maple also lights up quickly, burns longer than fir, but not as long as oak. You need to have a mix of woods to cook a great fire!

Around here, neighbors ask "Got your wood in yet?" and debate how cold winter will be. The weather experts predict a colder, snowier winter--the ocean water is colder off the coast this year. Bring it on!!! We have started up the woodstove a few weeks early this year...

A site for a litle old woodlore...
http://www.the-tree.org.uk/TreeCultivation&Uses/Firewood/firewood.htm

Beechwood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year
Store your beech for Christmastide
With new holly laid beside
Chestnuts only good they say
If for years tis stayed away
Birch and firwood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last
Flames from larch will shoot up high
Dangerously the sparks will fly
But Ashwood green and Ashwood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown

Oaken logs, if dry and old
Keep away the winters cold
Poplar gives a bitter smoke
Fills your eyes and makes you choke
Elmwood burns like churchyard mould
Even the very flames burn cold
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread
So it is in Ireland said
Applewood will scent the room
Pears wood smells like a flower in bloom
But Ashwood wet and Ashwood dry
A King may warm his slippers by.

People used to know this stuff....

2 comments:

cyndy said...

Nice woodpile!

A little bit every day...that is the secret to keepin up with a good woodpile...don't ya think?

...we are trying to break our old record of fireing up the stove...I still need to get through this week! Still no frost here ....

btw- got yer wood in yet?

wyldthang said...

Hi cyndy! I agree! and yup, it's in, and plenty to whittle away on in the yard ;0)