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One Face Cord: How much wood is it?

What size firewood rack is best for you? Well, that will depend on how much wood you plan to burn – but in order to determine that, you’ll have to get acquainted with a few terms.

Full Cord. In the United States and Canada, the cord is a unit used to measure firewood. A cord (often called a “full cord”) is 128 cubic feet of wood – or in more simple terms, a woodpile that measures 8 feet wide x 4 feet high x 4 feet deep. We offer wood racks that can hold a full cord of wood (16 ft. Woodhaven Log Rack) as well as 3/4 of a cord (12 ft. Woodhaven Log Rack) to as small as 1/8 of a cord (3 ft. Woodhaven Log Rack).

Face Cord. If you’re buying firewood, you’ll probably hear this term tossed around. A face cord is a woodpile that measures 8 feet wide x 4 feet high (most often amounts to 1/3 of a full cord). The depth of the pile just depends on how long the logs are (usually, they’re around 16”). This measurement is helpful, since you probably wouldn’t be interested in logs four feet long, but keep in mind that the only legal measurement of firewood is the full cord.

Rick of Wood. A rick of wood is another term for a face cord. If the logs are average length – sixteen inches – then your rick of wood (or face cord) is about 1/3 of a full cord.

Sheldon Cord. This term varies regionally, but usually refers to a size larger than a full cord.

Kitchen Cord, Stove Cord, Truckload, Running Cord, Station Wagon Load, Country Cord. These are non-legal terms that firewood sellers may use to measure a woodpile. Remember that the only legal measure for firewood is the full cord (and all of its fractions, of course). When purchasing firewood, always figure out how much wood you are purchasing in terms of a cord.

So, how much wood do you need? Only you can determine that, of course, but these estimates might help: New England homeowners who burn wood to heat their homes burn approximately five cord of wood over the winter months. Those who supplement their heating system by woodburning use about two cord, and those who burn casually go through less than half a cord. However much you choose to store, it’s important to let your wood season for at least six months.