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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 woodman’s cries.

Never heed his usual tale,
That he has good logs for sale,
But read these lines and really learn,
The proper kind of logs to burn.

Oak logs will warm you well,
If they’re old and dry.
Larch logs of pine will smell,
But the sparks will fly.

Beech logs for Christmas time,
Yew logs heat well.
“Scotch” logs it is a crime,
For anyone to sell.

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

Holly logs will burn like wax,
You should burn them green,
Elm logs like smouldering flax,
No flame to be 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.

Thank you for reading Master Chimney Sweep Devon

3 Responses to “The Firewood Poem Anon”

  1. Sandra Crittell

    I was introduced to a part of this poem today, 6th December 2022, by an elderly lady who handed me a home-made Christmas Card. ‘There’s more to it” she said “but I don’t know it, and i dont know who wrote it”.. I said I would find out, but it looks like it might be impossible. I will print out and take her the rest of the poem. If anyone else knows the author, please can they post it up somewhere I will see it? Thank you.


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