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.