How Much Wood Is in a Cord?

amount of wood in a cordSome homeowners enjoy venturing into the countryside to collect their own firewood. However, if you buy your firewood, you should be sure you’re getting a full cord. Some sellers sell wood by the cord but actually provide less. They rely on the fact that most buyers don’t know the actual amount of wood in a cord or don’t bother to measure the stack.

A Cord of Wood Explained

Firewood is usually sold in cords. One cord is a stack that’s 4-feet deep, 4-feet high, and 8-feet long; this amounts to 128 cubic feet. It’s not recommended to buy a cord of wood that’s not stacked since this makes it impossible for you to measure.

You can also “eye ball” the wood to see if it’s close to a stack. A full cord of wood should take up about half the cargo bed space in a standard sized pickup truck if neatly stacked.

Make Sure You Get a Full Cord

Our staff does chimney-related work all the time and can distinguish a proper cord of wood from one that is short a foot or two. We recommend the following to be sure you don’t get scammed:

  • Bring a tape measure with you when buying a cord of wood. The measurement doesn’t have to be perfect to the inch, but being off by a foot or more is unacceptable.
  • Measure the stack if it’s delivered to your home. Do not accept it and sign off on the invoice unless it meets the measurements.
  • Examine the unit to be sure it’s properly stacked. Too many gaps in the stack means you’re getting ripped off.

Get What You Pay For

We are all too aware that there are scammers who will try to rip you off. If you pay for a cord of wood, then be sure that is exactly the amount you receive. Then get in touch with Powers Chimney & Masonry before putting your fireplace to use this winter. Our chimney repair and masonry crew know all about fireplaces and everything associated with them.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Chimney Inspections, Cleaning, and Repairs

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