The Wood Fire Handbook

This is the perfect book to curl up with on a winter evening. Woodsman Vincent Thurkettle has a passion for wood fires, and his new handbook is an inspiring guide to everything you need to know: choosing the best woods, how to buy, season and store them, setting up a woodshed, how to lay the perfect fire, choosing wood for scent and cooking on an open fire.

The Wood Fire Handbook

fire grate from The Wood Fire Handbook

The Wood Fire Handbook

drawing from The Wood Fire Handbook

The Wood Fire Handbook  is illustrated with a combination of evocative photographs and line drawings (this one, above, shows you how to position kindling in a ‘U’ shape log wall, with cut surfaces facing inwards to help the fire catch quickly).

But as well as being packed with practical information, the book is a homage to the author’s fascination with wood fires, and how they enrich people’s lives. He ends with the words of JRR Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins: ‘I sit beside the fire and think of people long ago, and people who will see a world that I shall never know’.

The Wood Fire Handbook by Vincent Thurkettle is published by Octopus Publishing, and costs £14.99

For suppliers of fireplaces, stoves, as well as traditional and contemporary fireside accessories, see The House Directory’s Heating category.



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