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Willow logs

I traded a days hard(ish) labour helping to clear "The Drift" on my friends smallholding for willow logs. How long do I season them before I can use them. They are not under cover at the moment either.

We usually leave our logs (of any description) for 12 months if we can.

Trying to burn willow when still green is a waste of time, because of its high water content. After sufficient seasoning it is quite good.
They need to be cut and split a long time before burning. Giving them this treatment helps them to season.
They need storing under cover with a good through draught.


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 logs to burn.

OAK logs will warm you well,
If they're old and dry.
LARCH logs of pine wood 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 you cut them 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 come your way,
They're worth their weight in gold.

righto i shall stick them in the shed for next year thanks  

Most of what we burn is willow and as said before so long as it is mellowed for 12 months or so it will be fine.  Ours isn't under cover or chopped but so long as left for a while it is fine.

Issy & others can I just ask, do you find the willow sprouts after time. The larger cut lengths down the field are growing again (spooky) so if & when they are cut up into fire wood does that stop that process  

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