Logs to Burn

Herewith a country rhyme, probably with a great deal of wisdom in it, for those who live aboard, continuously cruise or just enjoy early and late season boating.

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 wood to burn.

Oak logs will warm you well
If they're old and dry.
Larch logs of pinewood 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 cut 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 comes your way;
They're worth their weight in gold.