Written by guest poster, Danielle McAnn.
Firewood isn’t just a matter of throwing anything flammable into a grate. Firewood is delicate matter, and if you’re going to set a fire, you need to get it right. Having a fire indoors indoors in winter or an outdoor bonfire in summer is a beautiful thing, not to mention the pleasure of a woodfire pizza oven, there is no comparable tasting pizza to one that has spent just sixty seconds in a hot pizza oven. Depending on where you are, and if it’s permitted, firewood is great for campfires too. So, first thing you’ll need to do is get your firewood right. Instead of thinking of everything that you can’t use as firewood, here’s a really short list of wood that can be burnt for a fire; dry and aged wood, wood that was felled some time ago, and wood that has never been treated or processed. It is poisonous, and the smoke it produces will be toxic. Green and young wood will smoke and give off very little heat. A good way to test and see if wood is good for burning is by bending it. If it cracks, it will burn well. If it bends, it’s too young and springy.
“A house is no home unless it contains food
and fire for the mind as well as for the body.”
~~ Margaret Fuller ~~
Wow!! Ask and you shall receive, and ‘boy’ did I ever. Obviously I struck a chord. Little did Jan’s cousin, Søren Tellerup Nielsen know what he would start when he sent us his firewood pictures from the cold of Denmark. I’ve received photos, poems, stories and wise words. Please enjoy, as I have. And thank you to everyone who took the time to share.
- The Concerns With Burning Wood by Warren Franklin
- Fireplace Photos by Dave Jack
- The Simple Guatemalan Camp Stove by Martin Golder
- Staying Warm in McBride by Brian
- The Biolite Camp Stove by Gavin Macrae
- My Woodshed by David Laidlaw
- Beech Firewood from Denmark by Søren Tellerup Nielsen
- What's left of a Juniper Wood Pile by Bill and Rosie Long
- A Few Thoughts by Tom Burch
- Destined to be firewood... Turned into Art by Howard Lobb
- Warming a Family Home by Bill Thomson
- Sweet Acer's The Nicest by David More
- One Simple Tip by James Thackray
- Alexander Selkirkʼs Campfire story by John Montpetit
- Dowel Bowel link sent in by Ron David