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February 18, 2014
We would like to believe in OAK,
but oh, we grieve at its nasty smoke!
While it is said to burn hot,
well dried it's not,
and the flue spits a pungent cloak.

It would be nice to use more oak
that hardwood about which I spoke
but Jim brought it green
it couldn't burn clean
and the heat is just a joke!

Moreover, this wet oak would seem
to be putting off a ton of steam
in its combustion incomplete
not giving us commensurate heat.
We're wasting time, oh yes, I fear;
best let it season one more year.