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Which wood burns best?

Practical British Forestry by C. P. Ackers
  • Beechwood fires are bright and clear if the logs are kept a year.
  • Chestnut's only good, they say, if for long it's laid away.
  • Birch and Fir logs burn too fast, blaze up 'bright' and do not last
  • Elmwood burns like church yard mould, even the very flames are cold
  • Poplar gives a bitter smoke, fills your eyes and makes you choke.
  • Applewood will scent your room with incense like perfume.
  • Oak and Maple, if dry and old, keep away the winter cold
  • But Ashwood wet and Ashwood dry, a king shall warm his slippers by.