I found this poem on another site and liked it. Unfortunately have no idea who did write it.
The Firewood Poem
Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold
Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.
We love having a wood burner and it does make the house warm throughout thanks to a back boiler and radiator system. It's very cosy and you quickly adapt to living with fire as opposed to a gas fired central heating system like we had back in the UK. Wood burners can change the whole atmosphere and feel of a room but do need extra care when cleaning otherwise you can end up smoked out!