Birch firewood also tends to decay more quickly than, for example, sweet chestnut, because it has a much lower tanin content and a high sugar content. Its diamond shaped, double-toothed leaves produce an … White or Gray Birch is average- better than some, not as good as some. W2119 US Hwy 2 & 41 Wilson, MI 49896 Business: (906) 497-5040 Business Fax: (906) 497-5041 Birch Wood Characteristics. This is its most redeeming feature. Wood eating beetles do exactly as their name describes, they eat away at the river birch (Betula nigra) leaving behind a damaged and unhealthy tree. In fact often it is used as a substitute for Maple. Unfortunately silver birch firewood isn't first class - it doesn't have the same density as the old favourites such as oak and hornbeam so a cord of birch won't go as far for heating. One of the major benefits of river birch is erosion control along streams and rivers. Yellow or Black Birch is very good firewood, high heat value, slow burn. River birch grows fast, and attains heights of 40 to 70 feet and diameters of 1 to 2 feet. A particular species of hummingbirds have known to drink the sap of River Birch … All wood is cut between 12″-20″ and all prices include delivery. It is lighter and weaker than yellow or white birch. The sap of the River Birch tree is used to produce vinegar and Birch Beer. A beautiful wood to look at and work with, and sold at a reasonable price. The wood of River Birch is flexible and is used to manufacture furniture, toys, artificial limbs, flatware, woodenware, wooden shoes, basket materials, staves, and fuel. The wood of river birch is used for firewood, pallets, inexpensive furniture, and novelties. WILSON ENTERPRISES. Finishing: Birch stains and finishes easily, due to its closed pored structure. River birch is a fast-growing, deciduous semi-aquatic tree that reaches between 50 and 90 feet in height. We only sell properly split and seasoned firewood that is excellent for burning in wood stoves, fireplaces and outdoor pits. Silver Birch Logs. Birch trees are members of the Betula family and grows abundantly in North America. Weight: 40-45lbs/cu.ft., white birch slightly lighter than yellow birch.