Author(s): Vincent Thurkettle
This book covers everything you need to know about creating the perfect wood fire, indoors and out, including: the best woods to burn, how to split logs, how to store and season firewood, creating the perfect woodstore, how to lay and tend a fire, choosing wood for scent, cooking on an open fire, and campfires. Illustrated with a mix of line drawings and evocative photographs, this is fundamentally a practical handbook, but with plenty of gift appeal.
The wood fire has a primitive, universal appeal; In line with trend for growing and making things ourselves - providing our own heat, and understanding how to do it properly, is a strong pull in the market; Written by a genuine expert and enthusiast, with a huge amount of specialist knowledge to impart; Wood is eco-friendly and cost-effective, especially as the price of oil, gas and electricity shoots up; A quirky, expert guide in the style of 'dark horse' successes such as The Cloudspotter's Guide.
Vincent Thurkettle is a woodsman. After spending his childhood roaming the Somerset countryside, he left school at 16 to work on the Huntley Estate in Gloucestershire. He subsequently trained as a Chartered Forester, and worked for the Forestry Commission, retiring in 2005. He now has a business selling Christmas trees.
INTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE: The Wood Fire Lifestyle CHAPTER TWO: The Trees CHAPTER THREE: Woodcutting CHAPTER FOUR: Buying Firewood CHAPTER FIVE: Seasoning Wood CHAPTER SIX: The Wood Store CHAPTER SEVEN: Splitting Logs CHAPTER EIGHT: The Perfect Fire CHAPTER NINE: Flames, Smoke, Embers & Ash CHAPTER TEN: Campfires & Cooking CHAPTER ELEVEN: Campfires FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR