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" FIRE WITHOUT SMOKE "

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By amy

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Whether you are burning wood inside or out this could be useful to you …….

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.
Elm wood burns like a churchyard mould,
Even the very flames are cold.
Poplar gives 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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Good one, Amy.
Nominated for GoYpedia poetry :o)

16 Jan, 2010

 

nice one amy, :o))

16 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Thanks TT and Sandra .. it's handy if you have a woodburning stove like us ...:o)

16 Jan, 2010

 

Ohhh would love one, but since moving to the Bungalow have to make do with an electric coal effect as there is no chimney, but I can smell the lovely scent of of a wood burning stove Mmmmmm

16 Jan, 2010

 

yes always sounds lovely having a stove like that

16 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks for that, Amy. I will pass it on to my daughter who is thinking of getting a wood burning stove :)

16 Jan, 2010

 

Thats lovely Amy but I`ll have to use my imagination as we are gas centrally heated..........

16 Jan, 2010

 

Amy have always wanted a log burner, each winter we say that's it we are going to buy one, then the weather clears up, along comes spring.........have this little poem, and it is very true, we used to have an open fire, I know they are messy but I love the smell of wood burning and really miss a real fire, so perhaps one day?

16 Jan, 2010

 

Nice one! How about the Kermes Oak which covers our mountains here. Or the beams and rafters from the derelict house that was demolished in order to build ours? We get some very interesting flame and smoke from them - along with ancient rusty nails. Apart from those our neighbour has many little 'hoards' of wood in varying stages of age and dryness along the lanes waiting to become firewood. Good poem - I shall memorise that for future reference.

17 Jan, 2010

 

Really good Amy. I am saving this. Thank you.

17 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Thanks every one I'm pleased that you enjoyed it ..Toto / Lincslass ...Carole we once bought a new house without a fireplace in the end we had to have a chimney built because we missed the fire so much ,
Gee if your daughter does get a woodburner i'm sure she wont regret it !
Nariz what an interesting supply of wood you have , you will have to invent your own rhyme for them and let us see it , i'm not sure about the rusty nails !!
DD the woodburner isn't quite so messy as an open fire ... :o)

17 Jan, 2010

 

What a wonderful poem, heard it before but it's always nice to read and so true. There really is nothing like a 'living' fire. Sadly I don't have a woodburner any more as ten years ago I lost my roof when a spark set fire to a birds nest in the chimney which then burned the roof off. Not an experience I'd wish on anyone but assuming that you've a slate roof and a good chimney I'd recommend a log burner. Modern ones are so efficient and don't need much attention, some don't even soot the glass. Another plus is that you don't need worry about power cuts.

17 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Oh Heron , what a dreadful thing to happen , did you have a thatched roof , i'm so sorry , it must have been very traumatic , what happened to you .. did you have to find alternative housing while your property was being reroofed ?

17 Jan, 2010

 

Lovely blog, but like some of them can only dream of a nice log fire, as gas central heating.....

17 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Carole , so long as you are warm thats the main thing and you have less work .. :o)

17 Jan, 2010

 

Less work but think a open fire looks so cosy :o))

17 Jan, 2010

 

I love our logburner! It makes a winter's night (almost) bearable. lol.

I shall copy that poem too, if that's OK. I like it! Thank you. :-))

Heron - what an awful thing to happen!

17 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

You're welcome Barbara ......I can't praise ours enough , i'm so pleased we decided to have one ... .. I love going out during the day and then coming home to a beautiful warm place it's so welcoming .... :o)

17 Jan, 2010

 

Nice.....should be printed and framed and hung by your fireside......

17 Jan, 2010

 

Great poem Amy and one to remember........Ash before and Ash after...Lol!
Our last logs were Willow...definitely a no..no....anyway, nothing rhymes with willow......:o)

17 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Yes PG , I do have it printed out I didn't think of putting it near the fire ! ...

Janey we found out tonight that Ash really does burn well wet or dry , we are running out of dry since Tonys accident so decided to try some of this years new wet Ash .. .. it burnt very well , we have a bunker full of coal but we do like to see the wood burning ..... ;o)

17 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Ah just thought Janey ...Willow ..Pillow ... .. time for bed ...LOL...

17 Jan, 2010

 

Just added a 'like,' Forgot before - senior moment!

18 Jan, 2010

 

Amy it was very traumatic, no one hurt as it happened at tea time. I'd just finished decorating for my retirement, the firemen got white paint on their hands. We had to live in a mobile home in the field net door for 9 months. All's well now though. but I really miss my log fires. I like Pottygardener's idea, old world type and a rustic frame.

18 Jan, 2010

 

What a Great Poem Amy :) if u dont know what 2 burn its full of Great Knowledge 2 tell u what u can/should :)

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

We all have them Nariz ... LOL...

Heron That was a long time to be out of your home , it must have been such a relief to move back in , did you lose your treasured possessions or furniture , could it be saved ? it's some comfort to think it happened in the daytime and not when you were asleep at night ! shame about your paintwork :o)

Thanks Jacque , it's a useful list to have for people who like to burn wood :o)

18 Jan, 2010

 

Amy does your fire just burn logs or can you use other types of fuel?

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

it's multi fuel DD , we can burn wood , coal or mix the two .... .. we put coal on if we are going out because it then stays in all day ... .. we have some friend who have recently had one installed and they are thrilled with it ...

18 Jan, 2010

 

Amy We lost literally everything from upstairs mainly due to the firemaen's water. Fortunately They managewd to remove most stuff from the ground floor. The cottage had to be completely re-built but fortunately the oak frame survived, the ridge pole too but I replaced it as it was charred and exposed because I no longer have an attic. We thought we'd lost our little dog as in the pannic we left the gate open. Fortunately he had the sense to go next door.

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

What a nightmare Heron , i'm so pleased that you little dog knew what to do in an emergency , clever boy ... .. do you like your new build as well as the old or did it lose it's character ?

18 Jan, 2010

uma
Uma
 

Brilliant poem, Amy! Very useful information...:)

18 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Glad you liked it Uma :o))

18 Jan, 2010

 

Amy the house has got a chimney as it was built in the late 30s, apparently we would have to have the chimney lined if we decide to go ahead.

19 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Yes you would have to have it lined DD , for safety reasons the chimney gets hot ... .. it sounds to me as though you are giving it some serious thought ... ,we have a huge sitting room double doors leading to the dining room and have an 8 kw size woodburner ... we leave the door open to the hall to let the heat through and hardly have to have the radiators on at all only first thing in the morning before we light the woodburner , it's been lovely and warm this winter ... we had ours done in the summer .. :o)

19 Jan, 2010

 

Very nice....we do burn wood to keep ourselves warm but dont use stoves for it....we have special kind of rooms which are hollow underneath and covered with special kind of stones...so the wood is burnt underneath like a fire place which warms the entire room beacuse of stones and the smoke comes out of the chimneys....the room is called Hamam and has been intoduced inj central Asia by Mughal's....

20 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Wow .. we learn something new every day here , that is very interesting Arsh ...... do you have very cold winters ?

20 Jan, 2010

 

That does sound interesting Arsh, also a good idea.
Amy we have been thinking about it for over 10 years lol

21 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

:o) maybe in the next 10 years then DD .... LOL....

21 Jan, 2010

 

Amy I would like to do it this year, problem one is where to put telly and my computer, telly in front of fireplace (used as wine store at the moment, fireplace not telly lol) telly could go on wall, but computer and desk using that wall....hey ho!!!

22 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

What a great use of the fireplace Dd , LOL... I'd rather look at that than the Telly ...... I think you will have to carry on dreamimg ... :o)

22 Jan, 2010

 

The wine store is rather empty now, will need another trip to France........

25 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Have you any trips planned Dd ... we have usually planned by now , we are slow this year ... :o)

25 Jan, 2010

 

Yes it is all booked up and the ferry.....cannot believe it, going with daughter and family, we are using the fast ferry this time, good deal with LD lines.

28 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Brilliant Dd something exciting to look forward to ...where abouts in France are you going ?

28 Jan, 2010

 

Going back to La Palmyre, we love it there, safe and clean beaches, all the restaurants within walking distance, house is owned by a lovely Scottish couple who live in France, and the standard is excellent, have you decided what you will be doing this year?

29 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

We are tackling the books and places to go this weekend Dd , I'll let you know what we come up with , we haven't been to that area in fact we have been looking at it, it looks nice :o)

30 Jan, 2010

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