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Wood Heat poem from Tree farm by John Estabrook

Beech wood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut’s only good, they say
If for long it’s laid away.
But ash wood new or ash wood old
Is fit for a queen with a crown of gold.

Birch and fir logs burn too fast,
Blaze up bright and do not last.
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 wood green and ash wood brown
Is fit for a queen with a 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 cold.
But ash wood wet and ash wood dry
A king shall warm his slippers by.

Oak logs will warm you well,
If they’re warm and dry.
Larch logs of pine wood smell
But sparks will fly.
Beech logs for Christmas time;
Yew logs heat well.
Scotch logs it’s 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 flames 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 gray,
Burn them green or old,
Buy up all that come you way,
They’re worth their weight in gold.


This is a brilliant product for getting you warm good and fast. Perfect for those early chilly days when you have got wet outside and need a quick warm up. Guesthouses love them for make a bright warming fire for guests arrival. And in the summer, the cleanest route to warmth, food and fun.

And its soo environmentally friendly as its made from the waste products from making the Bedmax (the best bedding for poultry we think, which, in turn, becomes a great activator for the compost). Bedmax is dust extracted, so they have compressed the dust into tubes, and these becomes little brickettes for the fire. Great recycling.

Hotmax burns hot and fast – it is not suitable for keeping the fire in, but it is the BEST at getting it lit. And very little ash at all.

In the summer, Hotmax is great at keeping you warm as the twilight comes in, perfect for firepits, and hot enough for Barbeques, odourless too so does not taint your delicious food. A clean burn means you do not have to keep moving to avoid the smoke!! And a good fire helps to keep the midges away !! very useful in the Highlands. The “logs” are clean and easy to transport; by breaking up one into small pieces you have a very effective firelighter, and then a good hot clean burn – perfect for camping.

For Rayburns etc, we have also found it remarkably effective at raising the temperature from idle to cooking in short shrift.

you can find out more here about this remarkable product here :- For extra sustainability, the company is committed to planting trees to replace those they use.

Currently we can only get the 20kg bags.