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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Burning Wood

I absolutely love burning wood on a cold day! I love the smell! I love the coziness of a warm fire!
I even enjoy helping with the wood cutting!
Being out in the woods on a crisp day, cutting firewood is a great way to get in touch with nature....and hard work. :-)
I even have my own chainsaw!
We had a storm a year ago that left many downed trees on the property. We cut a ton of wood for last winter and still have plenty of wood for this winter.
Here is a poem about the Fireside:

Fireside Lore

Hickory makes the hottest coals in stoves when winter's bleak,

Apple wood like incense burning through the hall both fragrance seek,

Elm wood fires have little smoke and warm both serf and lord,

Oak logs split and dried this year make good next winters hoard,

Beech burns bright and fill a the room with warmth and dancing light,

Maple sweet, not white or red will burn throughout the night,

Birch logs cut, need ne'er be stored they blaze, then heat the pot,

Ash, straight grain and easy split the kettle sings, and stove is hot,

Poplar logs must need be dried lest smoke both then ensue,

Pine and fir midst showers of sparks burn fast and line the blackened flue