A pulp cord is a standard length of firewood. It is also called a “face cord.” Its value is determined by how close a logged truckload is to the suggested number of 12 cords. However, there are times when a logging truck load contains less than 12 cords. For instance, mixed bags of logs may have less than nine cords. This is why a logging truckload of 10 cords is equivalent to about two-thirds of a face cord.
A face cord is the size of a single stack of firewood. It is generally four feet high, eight feet long, and about 16 inches deep. Logs must be stacked tightly to qualify as a face cord with no gaps or seams. However, the dimensions of a face cord are different, and some wood providers charge less for face cords than full cords.
It is possible to get a full cord for as little as $270. However, you can get face cords for as little as $60. The value of a face cord is best judged compared to the price of a complete line. If you need more clarification, you can always call dealers and ask them for the price of a face cord. Afterward, you can take the average length of a face cord and compare it to the total cord value.
Another way to measure firewood is by using the rick of wood. Some sellers measure by rick and say that rick equals one face cord. Others say that a rick is equivalent to a full line. Make sure to clarify this with the seller to make the right decision.
Before comparing face cord prices to total cord prices, you must know how much each piece is worth. Actual cord prices depend on the piece length. To determine the price of a face cord, you must know how much a total of ten pulp cords costs. For example, if you want a piece of firewood to burn for 10 hours, you must compare the total cord price to the face cord.
Many factors determine the wood needed for a full ten-pulp cord:
- It is essential to remember that logging truckloads are often less than the recommended 12 cords. Log trucks sometimes carry mixed loads of logs. If the records are picture-perfect, they may be at least ten cords.
- A load with only big logs will produce less heat than a mix.
- The type of wood will determine the amount of heat it has.
Hardwoods are the most valuable, while soft maple, white birch, basswood, and balsam will produce less heat.
A full ten-pulp cord is defined as eight feet or more in length. Most markets deliver pulpwood tree-length instead of chip-n-saw. A cord’s weight varies depending on the species. A cord of loblolly and shortleaf pines weighs about 2.6 tons. On the other hand, slash pines are heavier and can weigh up to 2.78 tons.
A full cord has a volume of 128 cubic feet, which is about the same as a complete log. However, some lines are too large for a firebox and require splitting. Because of this, other sizes are available for those with different firewood needs. For instance, a face cord is a third of the depth of a complete line.
Stacking standard 16” firewood
Stacking firewood in a stack requires measuring each piece’s length, width, and depth. Then, divide this amount by 128 to get the approximate number of cords you need. Stack the elements in a neat rectangular structure and keep the spacing between them the same so they are parallel.
The firewood must be of a uniform depth to qualify as a face cord. For a single row, the height and depth of the logs are usually 12-20 inches. The records should be tightly packed so there are no gaps in the stack.
Firewood is sold in face cords and full cords. A face cord contains about 16 cubic feet of wood and is typically 8 feet long. A complete line is 100 square feet. Face cords are typically more affordable than full cords because they are easier to handle.
When purchasing firewood, look for a lower moisture content cord. Lower moisture levels are better for your fire but require more drying time. This extra time could translate to higher prices. A complete line of firewood usually includes three face cords. Each face cord is about 16 inches in depth. Stacking an entire cable can take up to four feet of depth.
Stacking a full cord requires a minimum of 4 feet of logs. This brings the overall volume of the stack to 180 cubic feet. Adding 4” records would increase the stack’s total volume to 5.1 cubic meters. Stacking a full cord is easy to do when you know the dimensions and height of a complete line.
Calculating full cord value
To determine the total cord value of 10 pulp cords, you will need to know how much each piece of wood costs. The price of an entire cable varies according to its length. You will need to compare the face cord and total cord costs to determine the better value.
The entire cord has an average log length of 4 feet (1.2 meters). This will bring the overall volume of the stack to 5.1 cubic meters, or 180 cubic feet. The depth of a full cord is 48 inches (1.2 meters) or 122 cm, which will be used to determine the total cord value.