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(Desperately Trying Not to Use a Pun in the Title) This Wood Even Kindle a Burning Passion for Fire in a Snowman
on 27 January 2014
Having never had a real, proper fireplace in any of my homes, I am something of a newcomer to the world of log fires. However, that all changed in early December 2013 when I bought a wood burning stove for my conservatory. Having then been ruthlessly mocked by a friend about my purchase of a large mound of freshly cut apple tree logs and thinking I could just shove them in my new stove (seemed reasonable at the time), I decided I needed some expert advice and help.
Enter ‘The Log Book’ by Will Rolls, and if I thought I was keen about my new burner beforehand, reading this book got me properly excited!
While not an especially long book, it is nothing if not comprehensive on the subject of wood and its burning. Admittedly there is some geeky stuff in here that, if I’m honest, I don’t really understand, but I’m sure those bits are right up some people’s street, especially it you’re a fire expert. As far as I was concerned, I just wanted to find out how to get my wood burning stove up and running without a/ spending hours trying to light it and keep it alight and b/ spending loads of money on the ‘wrong’ fuel (e.g. new apple logs).
Rather than try and explain what this book says (you can read it for yourself and find that out!), let me lay out the results of me reading it:
1 - I now have a good stock of well-seasoned logs that burn perfectly
2 - I am in the process of building my own log store (for all those newly cut apple logs!)
3 - I have removed the grate from my multi-burner to make it a wood burner only and it works better than predicted by the manufacturer as a result
4 - I can load / light a fire in under a minute and keep it going all day - all with a single match (plus newspaper, kindling and logs)
5 - My conservatory is, if anything, a little too hot! It’s the warmest place in the whole house and has been transformed from a dirty, cold glasshouse to a cosy living room
So, in conclusion - if you want a book that will tell you everything you need to know about logs (choosing, seasoning, storing etc.) and burning them (including which vents to open on your stove at any given time) and even what to do afterwards, this is the book for you. It also makes an excellent firelighter when you’re done. Probably.