Logs to burn


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 woodsman’s cries

Beech wood fires burn bright and clear
Hornbeam blazes too,
If the logs are kept a year
To season 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, and so is yew
For warmth through wintry days
But poplar and willow too
Take long to dry or blaze

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

Holly logs will burn like wax –
You should burn them green
Elm logs like smoldering flax
No flame is 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,
Buy up all that come your way
They’re worth their weight in gold