Birch wood - what price is required?

Birch wood is used much more extensively in the northern European countries than in Germany. Nevertheless, birch wood is very common in our latitudes. What sawn timber and firewood can cost, and what the price-to-heat ratio for using it as firewood, can be found in this article.

Prices for birch lumber

Birch wood is not much more expensive than sawn timber, the beech. The price of sawn timber in the birch range is also around 550 - 750 EUR per m³. Both types of wood are, depending on the quality, in most cases the same. The properties of birch wood, however, are slightly different than those of beech wood.

Birch wood as firewood

Looking at firewood prices, birch wood is in most cases only marginally more expensive than firewood - but birch wood is usually only available to a lesser extent. Depending on the region, however, this can be different, and birch wood is often given away quite favorably even when impacted in private forests.

Calorific value for money

Beech wood, together with oak wood, has the highest calorific value per room meter. 1 rm (cubic meter) of beech wood generates approx. 2,100 kWh of heat, which corresponds to about 180 liters of heating oil. Birch wood has a slightly lower calorific value, 1 rm of birch wood generates only 1,900 kWh of heat, which corresponds to only about 165 l of heating oil.

Comparison of beech and birch:

  • Birch wood is less frequently available
  • Birch wood generates less heat (therefore you need a little more wood)
  • Birch wood burns off a bit faster than beech
  • Heating with birch wood is a bit more expensive if the wood can not be bought cheap, but at the same price as birch

Price differences

The price differences for birchwood can be considerable depending on the source of the firewood. If you want to save costs, it is best to pay attention to private offers, but always carefully check the wood quality and residual moisture before buying.

Tips & Tricks

If you buy fresh wood from an impact, you should absolutely dry it. Birch wood has the advantage that it dries relatively quickly (often in about a year under favorable conditions, beech, however, often takes two to three years). However, birch wood should not be used to damp damp, even if an old scout wisdom is that birch wood also burns wet. However, this applies at the very most for bonfires. Birch bark can also be used well in the stove for lighting.

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