Bongossi wood - what prices do you have to expect?

Because of the many different trade names under which Bongossi trades, it is often not so easy to get specific and reliable price information about the wood. An overview of the most important Bongossi prizes can be found in this post.

Bongossi designations

What we trade as Bongossi is the same wood from the same tree as the well-known "Azobé. The English name "Red Ironwood" is occasionally used by us.

Availability

Lumber from Bongossi (Azobe) is almost exclusively used as planks and squared timbers in our trade. Although Bankirai is much more common in Germany, occasionally you will also find bongs from Bongossi. The prices are usually based on the dimensions and can be very different depending on the origin and wood quality.

Prices for Bongossi on average

DimensionsPrice per meter
60 x 60 mmabout 5 - 6 EUR per running meter
60 x 100 mmabout 8 - 9 EUR per running meter
70 x 150 mmapprox. 12 - 15 EUR per running meter
120 x 120 mmabout 20 EUR per running meter

Price criteria

The prices given in the table are generally valid for high quality wood of the sorting class FAS, which has not yet been planed. The price criteria for Bongossi, as with all other woods, are the following:

  • Origin of the wood
  • Certificates (be sure to use FSC wood, otherwise possibly from illegal impact)
  • Wood quality and grading class
  • Holzmaß
  • Processing measures (planed, gefast, etc.)

Alternatives to Bongossi

Since Bongossi is mainly used for particularly stable exterior constructions, for example for wooden terraces or patios, the alternatives should have similarly good properties. In general, this only applies to Bangkirai, which can be a bit cheaper (depending on quality), and Massaranduba, which sometimes can be more expensive than Bongossi.

Tips & Tricks

The FSC certification is certainly an important criterion for tropical timber, which should be considered as much as possible. In any case, FSC-certified wood comes from sustainable timber production - while illegal and uncontrolled impacts expose valuable rainforests to overexploitation and are of extreme environmental and climatic concern. Other "seals of approval" such as the FSC seal can sometimes have dubious value, but FSC is always on the safe side.

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