Wooden Wis­dom

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Au­tumn is a sea­son of ar­bo­real splen­dour with its leafy canopies of cop­pery hues. But once the leaves have fallen, when the nights draw in and the days get colder, we start to think of the other more prac­ti­cal use for trees, no­tably as fire­wood! This rhyme ad­vises which wood makes the best fuel:

Beech wood 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. Elm wood burns like a church­yard

mould, Even the very flames are cold. Po­plar makes a bit­ter smoke, Fills your eyes and makes you choke. Ap­ple wood will scent your room With an in­cense like per­fume. Oak and maple, if dry and old, Keep away the win­ter cold. But ash wood wet and ash

wood dry, A king shall warm his slip­pers by.

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