Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bark Tide


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For a while in the Sixties, I lived close to the water and was heating with solid fuel. I savored the odd bark tide that delivered the best burning wood in conveniently sized pieces literally to my feet. The combination of windstorm and log boom rubs bark off timber. The bark subsequently floats ashore, where it is a cinch to gather. Fir bark burns hot and clean. It’s such a desirable fuel, in fact, that I sometimes use aged landscaper’s bark nuggets in the outdoor fireplace.

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