Wood Consumption

Wood Consumption: How Much Wood Is Used And What Does It Cost?

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Firewood is still the most common fuel in our houses. Firewood is the cheapest method of heating when compared to energy types such as electricity, district heating or pellets. But despite that, the energy can be expensive if you buy the bulk firewood from the “wrong” trader. 

The wood market today is very widespread with many players selling wood on a smaller scale. This makes it difficult to compare prices and know what you are actually paying for, so it is very crucial to pay attention while buying firewood, especially buying bulk firewood for sale

Where to buy Bulk firewood for sale? 

Even if the market is difficult to understand, it is natural that wood prices are affected by supply and demand. If you live in a forested area in the countryside, you have good conditions to find good contacts and get firewood for sale at the most affordable prices. 

But if your house is on the outskirts of a big city, it is perhaps easiest to turn past the market garden or DIY store where birch wood is sold in 40-liter sacks for dollar 5-6 each. The most expensive alternative is to go to the gas station where a 40-liter sack can cost up to dollar 8-10 during the high season.

Another and increasingly common alternative is to buy firewood through an online supplier. With suitable keywords, you will find both bulk firewood suppliers with their own websites and ads from private individuals. At the same time, you will discover that the price information varies a lot. A cubic meter of birch wood can $80 to $100 at a wood dealer and only half as much at a 

Blocket advertiser in the same area.

What needs to keep in mind while buying firewood? 

There can be several reasons why prices vary, but in many cases it is about different ways of measuring and calculating the type of tree and the quality of the wood. The most common measure when selling is cubic meters. How much wood you get per cubic meter depends on how the wood is packed. If the wood is stacked or stacked on a pallet (“stacked dimensions”), you get more content than if the wood is sold in “overturned dimensions”, i.e. horizontal holes for noise. Simplified a bit, it is usually assumed that one cubic meter of piled wood corresponds to approximately 1.66 cubic meters of overturned wood. The overturned wood is also usually not sorted but can contain sticks, shavings and wood clamps of various sizes.

As a buyer, it is safest to look at how the wood is packed and try to agree with the supplier on which dimension definition applies. If you are in doubt, you can go around and compare with other wood suppliers in the local area. 

  • But it is not just the size and packing that determines what you get for your money. There is also a difference between different tree species and their energy value, i.e. how much heat energy you get from the same volume of wood during the fire. In general, deciduous trees have a higher density and thus a higher energy content than conifers. “Mixed wood” is usually a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees, but it is best to ask the wood dealer about which tree species are included.

 

  • Compact tree species such as beech and oak provide the most heat exchange, even so much that it can mean some strain on the boiler or stove if you add too much wood at a time. It is recommended to mix this wood with lighter tree species. 

Given the energy value, you could sell wood by weight, instead of volume. But then we come to the extremely important variable, namely the moisture content of wood. Firewood should be dry when you fire and preferably not have a moisture content higher than 20 percent.

  • The more acidic the wood, the worse the heat exchange. You literally have to boil away the water in your fireplace, which leads to poorer combustion and higher risk of harmful environmental emissions.

It is a good idea to look at how the wood dealer stores his wood and inform you about how long it has been allowed to dry. The wood should preferably have dried for two seasons, or at least one for six months under cover. On the other hand, you may have the opportunity to store the wood for an extra season.

  • It is often possible to find cheap, freshly split wood in the spring and then dry it yourself. If you have space for wood storage and plan your purchase, you can make a better deal online. 
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