How to measure firewood can be confusing to the general consumer. The use of fireplaces is becoming more popular and firewood can be even found on sale on street corners. You want to get the most for your money.
The legal definition of a cord of firewood is a compact stack of wood that measures four feet high, eight feet long and four feet deep or wide and takes up to 128 cubic feet. You want the wood cut in a length that will fit your fireplace. The standard is 24 inches. A half cord is two feet deep, eight feet wide, and four feet high.
A face cord isn’t a specific volume of wood; it is four feet high and eight feet long when stacked. Its depth is simply the width of a 16 inch log, so be sure to ask the length of the log. It is sometimes called a fireplace cord. Firewood can also be sold as a rick which is 1/3 of a cord. These are not legal units of wood.
People, who live in apartments or only use their fireplaces occasionally, often buy firewood at gas stations or super market. The wood is usually sold in bundles. A single bundle is equal to 75 cubic feet. You can also buy the wood in a bushel bundle which contains eight single bundles.
People also sell firewood by the pick-up truck load. The normal passenger pick up can carry 1/4 and up to 1/2 of a cord of firewood depending on how you load the truck.
To make sure you are getting a fair market price, convert the measurements of the firewood you are buying to the equal percentage of a full cord. You may wind up paying a little more for the convenience of buying smaller amounts, but you want to be aware of the full price.
Summer is a good time to buy firewood. Suppliers aren’t as busy and you’ll get fast delivery. Since the demand for wood is down in the hot months, the firewood is usually less expensive. Also, you can buy the cheaper green wood and let it dry out and season in time for winter burning and enjoyment.