The Pleasures of a Wood Fire

pleasures of a wood fire

I couldn’t have said it better myself:

“…don’t overlook the intangible benefits of wood heat. First to mind is the simple attractiveness of an open fire, the changing pattern of light in the firebox, reflected to dance on the walls and ceiling. The licks of flame, glow of coals and the infinite variety of shapes and patterns. Bright sounds: snaps and pops and gentle roar of heated air passing into the flue.”

From John Vivian’s book Wood Heat (Rodale Press, 1976)

Wood Heat by John Vivian

Wood Heat by John Vivian

What are your personal pleasures of a wood fire? The sights, sounds, smells or the general experience? And how would you compare the pleasures of a wood fire with the experience of gas and electric fireplace fires?

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Tom has been writing for the blog since 2011 and has loved sitting in front of the fireplace since he was an itty-bitty boy.

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2 comments on “The Pleasures of a Wood Fire
  1. Paul Ptack says:

    I love the smell and feel of a fire. I live in the north western U.S. were so many of us heat with wood. I really love the smell of Tamarack log burning. It has a great sweet smell and burns hot and for some time compared to most pines. Thank You!

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