Full & Half Cords
- A cord of firewood 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 16 inches wide. A 16-inch wide face cord is equal to one-third of a full cord.
- Ideal moisture content of seasoned wood is 15%-20%.
- The higher the moisture content of your wood, the less heat will be produced from it. It takes energy to convert the moisture to steam and burn it out of the wood (generally you will hear a hissing sound). This is energy that should be used in warming your house. So always ensure you are receiving dry, properly seasoned wood. (See visual tips below)
Indicators Of Properly Seasoned Wood
- Color – Wood should have a dull gray color
- Bark – A sure sign that firewood is dry is bark that is falling off the wood
- Checks – As wood dries, it will begin to split on the ends and display cracks
- Touch – Fresh cut wood may feel wet