Birch Firewood

White birch, paper birch and gray birch firewood burns good but doesn’t last long. It has low to medium heat. White birch doesn’t dry well until it is split because the bark seals moisture in so well. And it will rot fairly quickly if it is not cut split and dried. It tends to rot (or pooches) from the inside out.

Yellow birch and especially black birch are higher in BTU and usually considered to be the best of the birches for firewood.  Black birch is more comparable to oak in BTU and density.

Birch is usually easy to cut and split and is very abundant in the northeast parts of the US and western Canada. In many of the more northern areas birch is one of the few hardwoods and in some cases the only hardwood available.

Birch firewood BTU

If you have any experience with birch and especially experience with the differences between the different types, please post your comments below.

2 thoughts on “Birch Firewood”

  1. Paper birch is what we sell the rich folks from southern New England and New York that rent ski condos and such. It looks nice in the living room even though it’s heat value is marginal. Yellow birch is decent firewood and fairly abundant around here. Black birch is excellent but far less common. I live in west central NH.

  2. has the shortest shelf life from moisture absorption – burn it first – this has nothing to do with heat value but birch has the most wonderful aroma when burned.

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