Factors to Consider When Buying a Cord of Wood

Using a cord of wood for your fireplace is a great way to keep your home warm in the wintertime. However, you should know that there are a few factors to consider when deciding where to purchase your firewood.

Sources of firewood

Historically, the cord of wood has been a standard measurement for firewood. A cord is defined as 128 cubic feet of stacked wood. While this may sound like a lot, a typical cord comprises about four stacks of wood.

While you may see various terms used by different dealers, the cord is the standard for measuring the volume of firewood. You’ll also see the term risk.

A rick is similar to a cord but is a smaller stack of pieces. A typical rick is about four feet tall by eight feet long. While it may seem like a simple stack, the technique used to stack the pieces can affect the volume of the wood.

The minor cord is known as the “face cord.” It’s a stack of pieces that are roughly one foot long. A face cord is also commonly called a rick.

However, this is a different measure of the volume of wood. The rick is just one-quarter of a cord, but the term is commonly used to describe the same stack of wood.

Another measurement you may see is a cubic meter. This can be used to advertise the size of the wood but does not carry any legal protection.

There are two main ways to obtain wood. You can buy it in a bundle, or you can buy it on a weight basis. This is usually the most convenient way for the consumer.

It’s important to know exactly what you want before you buy. You can ask questions about the price, the type of wood, and how the wood will be delivered. It’s also important to ask what the price is per cord. If you buy enough cordwood to fill a semi-trailer, you may get a discount on the price.

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Common uses

During the 17th century, the cord was a standard measure for stacking wood. It was devised to help make the trade of timber simpler. It was also called the “string” because it was tied into a bundle.

The cord has many uses. It is commonly used in the firewood industry. It is also used to measure pulpwood in Canada. The line is also used in the timber industry. It measures 128 cubic feet.

The cord is the standard measurement for firewood in the United States. It is also used in Canada and other English-speaking countries. The line is usually stored in an 8-foot-by-4-foot stack. It is often sold by the “full” cord but can also be sold in smaller quantities. The thread of wood weighs 2.3 tons.

You know how to measure a cord of firewood before buying is essential. If you need to learn how to measure it, you may end up with a truckload of firewood that you can’t use. You should also be aware of proper storage procedures. You may have to order a pickup truck to get the wood.

The first stacking of wood is considered an official measurement. You and the seller must agree on the dump point. The wood must be stacked well so that the volume is 128 cubic feet. Ask the seller how they measure it. It should be stacked better.

Depending on the type of wood you buy, the volume of the cord may vary. The size of the pieces will also affect the importance of the wood.

A half cord of wood is 64 cubic feet. The face cord is 4 feet high by 8 feet wide by 16 inches deep.


Depending on the region, the cost of a cord of wood can vary widely. Depending on the species, you could pay anywhere from a few dollars to several hundred dollars.

Cords are generally four feet wide and eight feet long. They are the official measurement of volume for fireplace wood.

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You can buy green wood, which will cost less. However, you will have to give it some time to dry out. A full cord of wood can cost anywhere from $240 to $400 in winter.

There are a few other things to consider. You should not buy wood from someone that you do not trust. You should also make sure you have enough space to store it. Otherwise, you could risk the wood rotting or degrading.

The cost of a cord of wood depends on the region, type of wood, and how you choose to deliver the wood. Usually, a local firewood delivery service will charge you between $25 and $75 per load. However, if you have a truck, you can stack it for lower prices.

You will also want to know the cost of a rick of wood. This is the same as a face cord, except it is only three-quarters of a line.

It’s also a good idea to compare the prices of various suppliers. Some companies will charge you based on the distance, while others will include delivery in the price. However, the extra delivery charge can be challenging to spot.

The best way to know how much a cord of wood costs is to call several suppliers and get a quote. You can also use an app such as Fetch to record your receipts and receive cash back or points to redeem for other items.


Several systems of wood measurement exist in the United States. One method, the thrown cord scale, is considered to be the state standard for fuelwood-length wood. This system is used for split and unsplit fuelwood. The thrown cord is different from the stick cord scale.

The thrown cord differs from the stick, or stick and cord, scale. The thrown line is an ingenious way to measure fuelwood-length wood. It is based on a measurement of the diameter of the butt of a severed stem. It is a linear measurement. The volume of the butt is then calculated. This is then converted to the cubic volume of the container. This calculation is based on a few measurement steps.

The thrown cord is only for some containers. It must be measured in a square or rectangular container with easily verifiable dimensions. It is not recommended for use on wood that is particulate. It may be used for wood that is oven dried.

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A similar, but much less effective, system is the weight scale. This is similar to the thrown cord scale. Weight is a measurement of the mass of a wood specimen. It is stated in feet and tenths of feet. The stacked cubic meter is a better description of wood. The stacked cubic meter is not recommended for wood in particulate form. This system is also a lot less valuable than the thrown cord.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has an official document on the “cord.” The thrown cord is one of eleven authorized systems for wood measurement. For a more thorough discussion, check out the NIST document at www.nist.gov/about/standards.

Seasoned vs. greenwood

Unlike seasoned wood, green wood is freshly cut and full of sap. It can be a health hazard when burned. It also produces thick clouds of acrid smoke.

Green wood can be purchased for a lower price than seasoned wood. It is also harder to burn. You may not even be able to light it at all. It will produce more smoke and creosote buildup, which can be dangerous over time.

The only way to effectively burn green wood is in a wood-burning stove. When burning green wood, it is necessary to remove the excess moisture. This can be done through seasoning. The process takes up to six months. This process can be done naturally or through a wood-burning kiln.

When seasoned, wood contains less moisture and is lighter in weight. It is easier to snap apart than unseasoned wood. Greenwood has water that is too high to burn effectively. This type of wood is best purchased at least a year before burning.

Several wood species are more accessible to the season than others. The best time to cut wood is late winter or early spring. This gives the wood time to dry naturally. The dry wood will have a moisture content of 20% or less. The moisture content will change slightly as the relative humidity changes.

To season a tree, the wood must be cut and left outside to dry for at least six months. It should be stacked properly to allow the wood to dry naturally. Then it should be stored in a dry location.

The moisture content in green wood can vary from less than 30% to more than 200%. The moisture content of heartwood and sapwood will vary according to species. Heartwood is a little moister than sapwood.

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