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Wood for burning
Thu 13-Jan-11
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Chippychap
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Hi,

I realise that this is probably already on the board but it is such a lovely evocative piece.

 

The Firewood Poem
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

Birch 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

Poplar 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.

 

I'm just an old softy.whistle

HAVE JUST TAKEN UP CAGE FIGHTING.
REALLY ENJOYING IT.
DON'T RECKON THE BUDGIE WILL LAST LONG.

Thu 13-Jan-11
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Hello Ken, how coincidental - I have this poem sitting on the mantelpiece right next to me, as I type.

We have very large fireplaces here in France, and it is good advice for which wood to use!

ok

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Thu 13-Jan-11
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I don't think that has been posted before Ken, thank you for doing that.  Wish I had a wood burner. Sigh.

BS, pictures please!

I'll try that again!

Thu 13-Jan-11
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TA, not sure they are up to being photographed -
just regular big (draughty) fireplaces ......

We found a very ornate marble fireplace in one of
the barns, all in pieces, not too much of it broken, but we suspect
that it was from the kitchen, as, looking at the house itself, there
are four identical chimneys. The kitchen had been altered some years
before we bought the house, I reckon.

Of the other 3, our daughter painted one of
them (dining room) in a crackle-finish, which I quite like. In the
lounge, she added some architrave-type wood, and the other (where I
am sitting right now in the study) was a little broken, so no photo of that, I'm afraid, the others though -  here you are!!

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Thu 13-Jan-11
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I like the crackle glaze one.  Clever girl, your daughter.

I'll try that again!

Thu 13-Jan-11
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Cheers! ok

She has actually decorated other parts of the house, too. She does seem to have an artistic flair, but doesn't seem to recognise it herself.

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Thu 13-Jan-11
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Will you please give her directions to my place?  smile

I'll try that again!

Thu 13-Jan-11
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Glad you like it.

As toffeapple says brightspark your fireplaces are lovely.

Thanks for the piccies.

As for the different types of wood I wouldn't know Oak from MDF but I will gen up a bit.

HAVE JUST TAKEN UP CAGE FIGHTING.
REALLY ENJOYING IT.
DON'T RECKON THE BUDGIE WILL LAST LONG.

Thu 13-Jan-11
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Chippychap said:

Glad you like it.

As toffeapple says brightspark your fireplaces are lovely.

Thanks for the piccies.

As for the different types of wood I wouldn't know Oak from MDF but I will gen up a bit.


 

I wouldn't know Oak from MDF

Me, neither, Ken doh big_laugh, I wouldn't know one wood from another, but good job that hubby does !!!!! big_laugh

your fireplaces are lovely

Thanks, and when they have lovely burning fires in them, they're even better! Very cosy!

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Thu 13-Jan-11
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Ken, what a lovely poem - thanks for posting it.  I've just copied it and will have a go at tarting it up a bit before printing off to go by our open fire.  It doesn't mention the 'spitty' woods.  We are sometimes given logs etc from friend who have been tree pruning, and occasionally get a real spitter.  Once there was a very loud bang and the smell of singed fur.  We had to scrape the cat off the ceiling. big_laugh (Ooops,  sorry - frown).  We have an open fire and can legitimately burn both wood and coal.  I love the smell of a coal fire when you come in out of the cold on a really dark and dismal evening.  We re-built the fireplace a few years ago and were lucky to find a really good piece of marble that was the perfect size for a mantlepiece.  It is currently being used as a winter nature table - a mixture of wooden animals, pine cones and twigs, and lots of little paper snowflakes I made one afternoon pre- C-word.   These were my festive decorations this year, as a change from baubles and cavorting golden cherubs.  Still seasonal, so they are staying put for the time being.

Gone crazy. Back soon.

Fri 14-Jan-11
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wave  Sometime pine can be quite crackly and spitty if it is not dried out for a long time.  I used to burn and had to always make sure the fireguard was up.

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Fri 14-Jan-11
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Heather E said:

Once there was a very loud bang and the smell of singed fur.  We had to scrape the cat off the ceiling. big_laugh (Ooops,  sorry - frown). 


 

Heather - back in the day when we were still on the coal fired heating, we got one of those"BANG!"s and DawsonCat jumped up and ran off. I saw a spiral of smoke rising from his back, like tiny native Americans were sending smoke signals. I did the only thing I could think of and spat on his back. It put the fire out, but I'm not sure he's forgiven me yet!

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wave Quick thinking though Shereen. big_laugh

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Sat 15-Jan-11
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Chippychap said:

Hi,

I realise that this is probably already on the board but it is such a lovely evocative piece.

 

The Firewood Poem

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

Birch 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

Poplar 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.

 

I'm just an old softy.whistle


 
Sat 15-Jan-11
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What a lovely poem, it's new to me, what's wrong with enjoying a poem, it's good to be a 'softy', it shows that you're kind and caring!

Thankyou for that, I shall copy that if you don't mind?

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