Tuesday, December 13, 2005

To Help When Choosing a Yule Log

An old poem about the burning attributes of different woods:

Beechwood fires burn bright and clear,
If the logs are kept a year.

Chestnut, only good they say,
If for years it's stored away.

But Ashwood green and Ashwood brown,
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown.

Oaken logs, dry and old,
Keep away the winter cold.

Poplar gives bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke.

Elmwood burns like a churchyard mould,
Even the very flames are cold.

Applewood will scent the room,
Pearwood smells like flowers in bloom.

But Ashwood wet and Ashwood dry,
A king may warm his slippers by.

Choose your Yule Log carefully.

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