Classic Solid Fuel Stoves

Wood Burning Stoves

Wood burns best on a flat bed of ash. Dedicated wood burning stoves tend to be grateless and have no ashpan.

With wood fuel the moisture content of the wood reduces the heat output and so it should be properly seasoned or it will be hard to light. It will also give off more creosote and other condensates which will build up in your chimney.

Softwoods like fir or pine can be dry enough after one year to burn well but this is not enough for hardwoods such as oak!

Wood burning stoves are invariably side or front loading to allow large sizes of wood to be put in. This means that there must be at least enough clearance for the door to open and to get the longest length of wood you wish to use into the burning chamber (or the long handled shovel you use for clearing the ash out!)


We have a large collection of poems about wood, burning wood, wood burning stoves and solid fuel maintained by our resident bard Malcolm. He will be delighted to recite them to you and play accompaniment on his lute.

Here is a small sample to whet your appetite

Cried a chilly young woman from Hove
I must have a wood burning stove
My father is shivering
My mother is quivering
And my earlobes are looking quite mauve


Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut's only good, they say,
If for long 'tis laid away.
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
With an incense like perfume.
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.

Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter's cold
Poplar gives a bitter smoke
, Fills your eyes, and makes you choke
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould
, E'en the very flames are cold
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread -
Or so it is in Ireland said,
Applewood will scent the room,
Pearwood smells like flowers in bloom,
But Ashwood wet and Ashwood dry,
A King can warm his slippers by.

Beechwood logs burn bright and clear,
If the wood is kept a year
Store your Beech for Christmas-tide,
With new-cut holly laid aside
Chestnut's only good, they say
If for years it's stored away
Birch and Fir wood burn too fast,
Blaze too bright, and do not last
Flames from larch will shoot up high,
And dangerously the sparks will fly...
But Ashwood green,
And Ashwood brown
Are fit for Queen with golden crown.