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# How big is a rick of wood?

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A rick of wood, also known as a face cord, is typically 8 feet long and 4 feet high. The measurements can be different as long as it has a 32-square-foot face.

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Face cords, or ricks, are often made with 16-inch pieces of wood, which is the standard size. With wood of this size, a rick would equal approximately one-third of a cord. If the pieces of wood in the rick are 24 inches long, it is closer to one-half of a cord of wood. Buying wood in "cords" makes it easier to know precisely how much wood is being purchased.

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Much of the wood you buy in home improvement stores is softwood and sold as dimensional lumber, but suppliers sell hardwood by the board foot. Board foot is a measure of volume; each board foot is equal to 1/12 of a cubic foot. Figure board feet using a tape measure and calculator. Measurements used in calculating board feet are for the rough-cut lumber dimension and not the actual finished lumber size.

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Depending on the type of wood and the conditions involved, a wood fire can begin to burn at approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit, but full flames typically require a heat of 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Some wood fires reach heats as high as 1600 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Typical wooden pallets weigh between 30 and 70 pounds depending on the type of wood, the moisture content and the size of the pallet. Plastic pallets weigh less, usually between 3 and 15 pounds. A standard 48-inch long by 40-inch wide pallet weighs between 35 and 45 pounds.