Lithuanians have always been proud of the forests our country is filled with. We enjoy the resources it provides – from picking berries and mushrooms for food to firewood for making our homes warmer. And people have been burning that wood to get heat, cook food and create light since they mastered fire.
Surely it would be easy to call using firewood an old or even outdated practice in the wake of today’s overwhelming technological advancements. However, it wasn’t that long ago, maybe about a generation has passed since, that most people would encounter firewood in their daily life. Both in the city, before gas or central heating was universally available, and the country side, where solid fuels were basically the only option, the use of firewood was the norm.
One could probably say – it’s in our blood.