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What is a Cord of Firewood?


Question: What is a Cord of Firewood?
What is a cord of firewood? How much wood is in a cord of firewood? What is a face cord of wood?
Answer: When it comes to burning wood in a fireplace or wood heat stove, the firewood supply is usually sold in a measure called a cord. Regulations as to the sale of firewood cords vary by state and country.

Although there are many names associated with a cord of wood, the legal definition of a cord of firewood in the US and Canada, is a full or bush cord, which measures 4' wide x 4' high x 8' long and is 128 cubic feet in volume.

Other names not defined by statutes for a stack of firewood are a face or rick cord which often refers to a stack of wood 4' high x 8' long and on the average about 16" wide, or the size of the firewood pieces.

Therefore a face or rick cord is usually smaller than a full or bush cord.

Another wood stack measure is a sheldon cord, which varies in size and is often bigger than a full cord.

Since the name given to a cord of wood can vary, it's always smart when buying firewood, to confirm the stack size or amount of firewood you are actually buying.

Read More About Burning Wood for Heat:

Heating With Wood
Before You Buy a Wood Heat Stove
Where to Find Free Firewood
What Not to Burn for Heat
Best Burn Woods
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