Although the wood of the horse chestnut and the sweet chestnut does not play a particularly important role in the timber industry, it is nevertheless used for surprisingly many purposes. Find out more about this interesting wood in this post.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
density0.50-0.59 g / cc
Medium volume densityapprox. 500 kg / m³
Compressive strength31 - 38 N / mm²
flexural strength64 N / mm²
condensing4.2 kWh per kg, 2,000 kWh per cubic meter

Chestnut species and DIN designations

In chestnuts, one has to differentiate fundamentally between the common chestnut or horse chestnut and the sweet chestnut (which supplies edible chestnuts). The horse chestnut has many different species, some of which are native to Japan. For the wood itself, these differences are of little importance.

National designation according to DINbuckeye
Abbreviation according to DINKA
International designations according to DIN EN 13 556 and abbreviationsHorse chestnut (AEHP, EU) and sweet chestnut (CTST, EU)



Chestnut wood has very small and scattered pores, the grain of the grain is recognizable irregular and often only slightly decorative.


Chestnut wood is almost always whitish-yellow, but may be slightly reddish or brownish flamed, and darken with time. Also yellowing is possible.


Chestnut wood is moderately heavy, soft and pliable. Although it shrinks only a little, and can be processed well, but sometimes makes it difficult to surface treatment.


Chestnut wood is neither weather resistant nor resistant to fungal and insect infestation. An outdoor use is therefore not recommended.


Chestnut wood has little significance today in interior design and furniture construction. It is mainly used in the arts and crafts for woodturning and carving, and it is occasionally used as a blind wood. In addition, many small parts are made of chestnut wood:

  • piano components
  • toys
  • Handles and buttons
  • orthopedic devices
  • crates

Chestnut wood as firewood

Chestnut wood has a relatively good calorific value, which corresponds approximately to that of beech and oak. If you can get Chestnut wood as firewood cheap, then this is certainly a good choice.


Chestnut wood as sawn timber is comparatively expensive, and usually rarely found in the timber trade. The prices for lumber are approximately in the range of 1,300 EUR per m³.

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Tips & Tricks

Chestnut wood is easy to carve, and is also relatively good for beginners. So it can be a good choice.

Video Board: How to Roast Chestnuts