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.
- Reuse and Recycling of Wood by Barry Wood
- Fire Photo by Michael Sarosiak
- The Biolite Camp Stove by Gavin Macrae
- Lumber Cutoffs by Steve Burgess
- Our Woodshed by Marsha McGrue
- The Wonders of Ironbark by Fred Apstein
- Birch for firewood and Guitars by Rich Kenny
- More Than a Just a Fire by Britney Zelmer
- Best Fire = with my best friend by Jessica Laudien
- The Best and Most Inspirational Firewood by Bruce Schneider
- Beech Firewood from Denmark by Søren Tellerup Nielsen
- A Good Neighbor by Rod
- Hornby Island Artist link sent in by Norma
- Ideal Firewood - by Robert
- Alexander Selkirkʼs Campfire story by John Montpetit