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    Red face Firewood Poems

    Thought I would share some fire-wood poems with you, if you know of any other phrases or poems for picking wood to burn please post them here.

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    Beechwood fires are bright and clear
    If the logs are kept a year
    Chestnut only good they say
    If for long it's 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 a 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
    Elmwood burns like churchyard mould
    Even the very flames are cold
    But ash green or ash brown
    Is fit for a Queen with a golden crown

    Poplar gives a bitter smoke
    Fills your eyes and makes you choke
    Apple wood will scent your room
    With an incense-like perfume
    Oaken logs, if dry and old
    Keep away the winters cold
    But ash wet or ash dry
    A king shall warm his slippers by.

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    Logs to burn, logs to burn
    logs to save the coal a turn
    here's a word to make you wise
    when you hear the woodsmans cries

    never heed his usual tale
    that he has good logs for sale
    but read these lines and really learn
    the proper kind of logs to burn


    Beechwood fires burn bright and clear
    Hornbeam blaxes too
    if the logs are kept a year
    and seasoned through and through

    Oak logs will warm you well
    if they're old and dry
    larch logs of pinewood smell
    but the sparks will fly

    pine is good an so is yew
    for warmth through wintry days
    but Poplar and willow too
    take long to dry and blaze

    Birch logs will burn too fast
    Alder scarce at all
    Chestnut log are good to last
    if cut in the fall

    Holly logs burn like wax
    you should burn them green
    elm logs like smouldering flax
    no flame to be seen

    Pear logs and apple logs
    they will scent your room
    cherry logs across the dogs
    smell like flowers in bloom

    But ash logs all smooth and grey
    burn them green or old
    burn up all that come your way
    they're worth their weight in gold.
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    Not sure if this really counts as a poem but it's purty!

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    Like these! a lot.

    I remember hearing or reading a poem about reading the oak and the ash for weather to come, all to do with budding first or shedding leaves....

    Thanks for sharing :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryBeaner View Post
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    It's too small for me to read.

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    Great thread; I've heard the one about Ash before but not the others. I really like these poems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blood View Post
    Like these! a lot.

    I remember hearing or reading a poem about reading the oak and the ash for weather to come, all to do with budding first or shedding leaves....

    Thanks for sharing :-)
    It's about the first leaves showing, Blood

    Ash before Oak and we're in for a soak
    Oak before Ash and it'll be but a splash.

    I like that firewood poem, I'd almost forgotten that.

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    Aye I remember reading that firewood poem, it's a braw read. Cheers Shug
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    Heres one I just wrote, not into poems but it sort of rhymes.

    Get that pallet chopped up quick
    It will make some fire stick
    Then to the pallet add a table
    Or that old chair if you are able
    Then to the pile goes on the door
    And the boards from off the floor
    The walls the frame burn everything
    Just to make that fire sing.
    With the warm glow cheeks all rosy
    Body warm and feeling cosy
    Then look around full of dread
    You've only burnt the garden shed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.punch View Post
    Heres one I just wrote, not into poems but it sort of rhymes.

    Get that pallet chopped up quick
    It will make some fire stick
    Then to the pallet add a table
    Or that old chair if you are able
    Then to the pile goes on the door
    And the boards from off the floor
    The walls the frame burn everything
    Just to make that fire sing.
    With the warm glow cheeks all rosy
    Body warm and feeling cosy
    Then look around full of dread
    You've only burnt the garden shed.
    That's genius, sure put a smile on my face lol.
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    Isn't it nice when someone says "that's a great piece of kit, where did you buy that", then you can modestly reply "you can't buy it, I made it myself". The moral is, it's amazing what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.

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