The Book About Firewood – A Bestseller

Everything about wood hogging, stacking and drying – and the soul of firing wood.

Author Lars Mytting has written ‘The Book About Firewood’ who became one of the best-selling books in 2011 with about 50.000 sold copies. Impressive, considering that Norway has only 5 million inhabitants. Perhaps the book has become so popular because Norwegians are living in a cold country far to the north, where everyone has got the experience how not to freeze.

“For there is no nonsense when it comes to a stack of firewood. It does not lose value in the stock market. It does not rust. It does not file for divorce. “


Firewood is a science and a passion. Author Lars Mytting has visited some of the coldest regions and made contact with firewooders and woodcutters. He has stopped in intersections, listening for chainsaw sounds or preferably the quiet sound of a pensioner with a bow saw. With humor, warmth and expertise he provides a portrait of the Norwegian wood-burning tradition – a tradition in which generation after generation have brought further insights about what kind of tree that gives the best wood, how firewood should be stacked to dry well and what kind of oven that provides the best heat.

“Feelgood from start to finish”
Finansavisen (Financial Times)

“Hot about the many pleasures of woodfiring”
Nationen (Agricultural newspaper)

“Lars Mytting gives all woodfiring fans a new Bible”
Trønder Avisa (Regional newspaper, Middle of Norway)


Text by: Thor Bugge Lanesskog, ThorNews

Photo by: Kagge Forlag (Kagge Publishing)

Source: Kagge Forlag

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Categories: Culture, Reading

6 replies

  1. “Nationen” is not a particularly Christian newspaper. If anything it is agricultural.
    The Christian newspaper you are thinking of is “Vårt Land”.

    See and

  2. Thank you very much for your correction – it was a slip that now is corrected. Editor

  3. Is this book in English? If so, where can I buy a copy?

  4. Hi Brett!

    Sorrily, the book is only in Norwegian. But – hopefully it will be translated into English soon (we’ll keep you posted).


  5. I am anxious to obtain an English version as well!

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