I love this time of year! We finally have those October blue skies (even though it is November), beautiful sun-rises, the geese migrating in formation, and the smell of wood smoke in the air. I have become quite a connoisseur of wood smoke aromas. My favorite is a good hot fire with dry American Cherry. It has a sweet nutty aroma that I can pick out anywhere. Really, any of the fruit trees have a very nice nose. For a more traditional smoke, it is hard to beat red oak. When you think fondly of wood smoke, you are probably remembering a nice red oak burn. Of course, hickory is an old favorite - especially if it is mixed with the distinct hints of ribs and BBQ sauce. Maple, birch, and beech are all in my top ten as well. Pine has a distinct smell, but for me, is the smell of a summer camp fire by a small lake in the upper penninsula.
Smells have a way of triggering memories. For me, the smell of wood smoke is a fond one. I also remember (not so fondly) the smell of a smoldering house. A pungent foul odor that is the smell of destuction. We had a house fire when I was a child, and I will never forget that smell and what it represented - Loss. I pray that no one would have to ever smell a house fire as I did. It was a horrible experience, and I guess that is some of my motivation to provide the service that I do. Chimney safety is one of the most important forms of fire prevention.
Like many things in life, fire can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Let's work together to make the smell of wood smoke a pleasent one for everybody.
Matt Waite - Chimney Guy Owner Black Duck Chimney MI Mechanical Contractor - Specialty Wood & Gas