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Got Firewood?

What is a cord?  What is a Rick?

And how to avoid paying too much for one

Firewood quantities are sometimes difficult to estimate. The official measurement of firewood is a “cord”.  To help you make an accurate estimate, here is how some common units of firewood measurement compare to the full cord.

A full cord is a large amount of wood. It measures 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by eight feet long (4' x 4' x 8') and has a volume of 128 cubic feet.

A face cord or rick of wood is four feet high by eight feet long and is as wide as the individual firewood pieces, but averages 12 inches wide. A 12-inch wide face cord is equal to a 1/4 of a full cord.

Face cord (12")

x

times

four 

=

equals

One full cord

 

 

 

 

 

Two full-size pick-up truck loads (8 foot box) equals one full cord, whether the wood is stacked carefully so it is about level with the truck box sides, or is thrown into the truck box with the top of the pile about as high as the cab.

Full-size pick-up truck (8')

x

times

2

two

=

equals

One full cord

 

 

 

 

 

Four compact pick-up truck loads (6 foot box) equals one full cord of wood, whether the wood is stacked carefully so it is about level with the truck box sides, or is thrown into the truck box with the top of the pile about as high as the cab.

Compact pick-up truck (6')

x

times

4

four

=

equals

One full cord

Firewood Ratings and Info

based on data from: U.S. Forest Products Laboratory

(and numerous other sources)

Species Relative
Heat
Easy to
Burn
Easy to
Split
Heavy
Smoke
?
Throw
Sparks
?
General
Rating
Aroma Weight of
Seasoned
Cord-lbs
Heat
Producd
per Cord
M Btu
Hardwoods
.
.
Black Ash Med Yes/Fair Yes No No/Few Excel Minim 2,992 19.1
White Ash High Yes/Fair Yes No No/Few Excel Minim 3,689 23.6
Red Oak High Yes/Poor No No No/Few Excel Fair 3,757 24.0
White Oak High Yes No No No Excel . 4,012 25.7
Beech High Yes/Poor Yes No No/Few Excel Minim 3,757 24.0
Blue Beech High Yes/Poor Yes No No/Few Excel Minim 3,890 26.8
.
White Birch Med Yes/Good Yes No No/Mod Excel Minim 3,179 20.3
Grey Birch Med Yes/Good Yes No No/Mod Poor Minim 3,179 20.3
YellowBirch High Yes/Good Yes No No/Mod Excel Minim 3,689 23.6
Paper Birch Med Yes/Good Yes No No/Mod Excel Minim 3,179 20.3
Black Birch High Yes/Good Yes No No/Mod Excel Minim 3,890 26.8
Hickory High Yes/Fair Bad No No/Mod Excel Good 4,327 27.7
HardMaple High Yes Bad No No Excel . . .
.
Pecan High Yes Yes No No Excel . . .
Dogwood High Yes Yes No No Excel . . .
Red or
Soft Maple
Med Yes No No No Good . 2,924 18.7
Cherry Med Yes/Poor Yes No No/Few Good Excel 3,120 20.0
BlackCherry Med Yes/Poor Yes No No/Few Good Excel 2,880 19.9
Walnut Med Yes Yes No No Good . . .
.
White Elm Med Med/Fair No Med No/None Fair Fair 3,052 19.5
AmericanElm Med Med/Fair No Med No/None Fair Fair 3,052 19.5
Sycamore Med Med No Med No Fair . . .
Gum Med Med No Med No Fair . . .
Aspen Low Yes Yes Med No Fair . 2,295 14.7
.
Basswood Low Yes Yes Med No Fair . 2,108 13.5
Cottonwood Low Yes Yes Med No Fair . 2,108 13.5
Chestnut Low Yes Yes Med Yes Poor . . .
Apple High Poor . . Few Med Excel 4,140 26.5
Hemlock Low . . . Many Fair Good 2,482 15.9
.
BlackLocust High Poor . . None Good Minim 3,890 26.8
Sugar Maple High Poor No . Few Good Good 3,757 24.0
Eastern
Hornbeam
High . . . . Excel . 4,267 27.3
Hackberry Med . . . . . . 3,247 20.8
Boxelder Low . . . . . . 2,797 17.9
Butternut Low . . . . Poor . 2,100 14.5
.
Softwoods
.
.
Yellow Poplar Low Yes Yes Med Yes Poor . . .
Southern
Yellow Pine
High/
Low
Yes Yes Yes No/Mod Good Good . .
Douglas Fir High Yes Yes Yes No Good . . .
Cypress Med Med Yes Med No Fair . . .
Redwood Med Med Yes Med No Fair . . .
.
White Cedar Med/
Low
Yes/Exc Yes Med Some Good Excel 1,913 12.2
Western
Red Cedar
Med/
Low
Yes/Exc Yes Med Yes/Many Good Excel . .
Eastern
Red Cedar
Med/
Low
Yes/Exc Yes Med Yes/Many Good Excel . .
Eastern
White Pine
Low Med/Exc Yes Med No/Mod Fair Good 2,236 14.3
Western
White Pine
Low Med/Exc Yes Med No/Mod Fair Good 2,236 14.3
.
Sugar Pine Low Med/Exc Yes Med No/Mod Fair Good . .
Ponderosa
Pine
Low Med/Exc Yes Med No/Mod Fair Good 2,380 15.2
Tamarack Med Yes Yes Med Yes Fair . 3,247 20.8
Larch Med Yes Yes Med Yes Fair . . .
Spruce Low Yes Yes Med Yes Poor . 2,100 14.5
.
Black Spruce Low . . . . . . 2,482 15.9
Jack Pine Low . . . . . . 2,669 17.1
Norway Pine Low . . . . Fair . 2,669 17.1
Pitch Pine Low . . . . Fair . 2,669 17.1
Balsam Fir Low . . . . Poor . 2,236 14.3
Willow Low . . . . Poor . 2,100 14.5

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