If you've ever wondered how much a rick of firewood is, you've come to the right place. Today, let’s answer the age-old question, “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck a rick?” Hmm, that doesn’t sound exactly right. But just how much wood is a rick, and why might you need to know?
As warmer temperatures come rolling in, heating your home may be one of the furthest things from your mind. However, it’s the perfect time to start stocking up on firewood for next year’s winter. Purchasing firewood, though, can be tricky business. You don’t simply go to the store and pick a box off the shelf. You usually deal with an individual firewood dealer, and have to negotiate price and volume. Some confusion can arise from the terminology used to describe firewood volume.
That brings us back to the question: how much wood is a rick? Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The most common term to indicate wood volume is the cord. The standard dimensions of a cord are 4 x 4 x 8 feet (128 cubic feet). A cord is a stack four feet high, eight feet across, and four feet deep. From this term derives the term face cord, which indicates a single row of a cord. So, a face cord is four feet high, eight feet across, and only a single piece of wood deep, usually about 16 inches to two feet. Thus, there are roughly two to three face cords in a cord. Unfortunately, some people use the term cord as an abbreviation for face cord. When negotiating your wood order, make sure that you both agree on what type of cord you’re talking about.
And finally, how much wood did that woodchuck chuck? A rick is just another way to say face cord. You could use this term to avoid any miscommunication over cord or face cord; however, rick is a less common word, and so your firewood dealer might also have to read this article to understand your order!