Face Cord Of Kiln Dried Firewood
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A face cord of firewood is third of a cord. It is one row of firewood cut to 16-inch lengths stacked 4 feet high and the width of the stack being 8 feet wide. So the cubic volume of a face cord 8 Feet wide by 4 feet high and 16 inches deep is 42.66 cubic feet or as it is sometimes called a third of a cord.
In order to be sure you have a fair measure of a face cord, the second part of the definition of a face cord is that the wood should be "To be sure you have a cord, the wood should be stacked neatly in a line or row, with individual pieces touching and parallel to each other, making sure that the wood is compact and has the few gaps possible." This is to ensure as many pieces of wood in the pile as possible by not creating gaps and voids in stacking so you get a fair measure.s
A face cord of kiln-dried firewood weights 1,200 pounds. This fact is one of many that makes our firewood burn bright and burn right. A regular face cord of wood 8' X 4' X 16", not kiln dried will weight 400 pounds more. This means you have to burn of 50 gallons of water in the wood to get it to burn. The water content creates the hissing, popping and smoking that comes from burning wet wood.
In the State of Massachusetts, firewood is sold by cubic volume, not by weight.
The reason for this is simply the variation in moisture content can affect the weight so greatly. Selling a product this way would give large variations in the volume of wood you buy. This would make it hard to compare prices from different dealers. A face cord of kiln-dried firewood weights
What firewood weights and how we know it.
A full cord of wood weights 3,600 lbs if it is kiln dried and the average cord of green wood is 4,800 pounds. There are listing published per species what different wood species weight both green and kiln dried. Being a mixture of different hardwood it is a lot more accurate to go by what truckers use to establish what load they can carry legally so they do not get a very expensive ticket.
This is because there can be huge variations in the weight of firewood based on the species and its moisture content. Here at BostonFirewood.com we sell kiln-dried wood and are very familiar with how much water can be in firewood and how it can reduce the quality of the wood for burning. It is one of the core principles of supplying the highest quality firewood. To put it in perspective, some species of wood like willow can have so much water in the wood fibers that the weight would be twice what it contains when dried. So if you bought firewood by weight you would get half the amount of wood, it would be terrible to light, hard to burn and create a lot of soot. On the other end of the spectrum, Oak is very dense so it is an example of wood that is heavier than most based on total wood fiber present. Plus it may have a relatively high moisture content since the density makes it harder to dry it. The point is, do not buy firewood based on weight because it is not a fair unit of measure that has no correlation to qualities you want in firewood.
The terminology problem - how much wood
It is sort of like how much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Don't get turned around by terms that are not clear. When buying firewood be specific in your questions when you hear terms like a truckload of wood, fireplace cords, stove cord, furnace cord, pick up full, bushels, thrown cord, loose cord or rack of wood. Be clear in your understanding of how much wood by stacked volume you expect to get from who it is that you are going to buy wood from. It has to be a fair deal for both the buyer and the seller with clear communication.
The state of Massachusetts has no legal definition for purchasing a smaller quantity of firewood other than a full cord of wood. So we want to be very clear in what we mean when referring to the term of a face cord of firewood. It is one row of firewood that is a third of a cord. Our service is based on the knowledge that people do want to buy quantities of firewood less than a full cord of firewood. Much of our wood is sold to people that want convenience and good wood that burns well, not whole house heating. So the amount ordered is based on how often they burn wood, how much storage space there is for the wood and how often they are home to relax by the fire. In the Boston area, not many people have a woodshed anymore. Most people want bug free firewood stacked conveniently, inside close to the fireplace. We often deliver and stack wood on decks, in pantries or small storage areas that just cannot handle larger volumes of wood. If we insisted that all they could buy was a full cord it just would not make sense.
Keep in mind with some firewood suppliers if the lengths of wood are shorter then the other dimension has to change to get the same volume or know that you are not comparing the same quantity of wood if choosing from two different suppliers. Woodcut short for a small wood stove would be a good example of the volume being very different. The common usage of the term face cord does NOT include a depth specification. We hold to the depth being 16 inches so you get the full 42.66 cubic feet of firewood you expect to get. For people custom ordering different log lengths, we have a firewood calculator to figure out what the stacked pile dimensions should be.
Buying firewood? Confirm the volume terms being used.
A face cord is equal to a third of a cord of wood when purchased from us at Boston Firewood.com. Each log is measured and cut to 16" lengths on the wood processor' cutting table before being split to keep it a consistent verifiable measure of wood you are buying. Picture a cord of wood stacked with three rows of wood being blocky and it forms a stable cube that will not easily topple over. The face cord is just one row and would probably be stacked in a rack for support or in another shape. If this is the case and you want to avoid the volume math check out our fire wood calculator. Just put in the dimensions H X W X D and you get the cubic volume.
A Rick of Firewood
A rick of firewood is another term often used to mean the same thing as a face cord. Do not assume this but confirm there is an understanding of the dimensions of the wood being bought is stacked firewood 4 feet high 8 feet wide and 16" deep. Some firewood dealers use the confusion over measurement terms to deliver less wood and get paid more if the consumer is not familiar with buying firewood often and it is mostly for ambiance. Purchasing firewood from a supplier is not inherently confusing but be careful that what you are asking about is what the same as what the supplier understands it to be.
buying a face cord of wood
Bostonfirewood.com sells kiln dried firewood in the Boston Metropolitan area and Metro West typically stopping around the distance of Framingham Massachusetts. Our product and service are different from others in that we only sell kiln dried firewood. We also know that people want to enjoy a fire in the fireplace that burns right and burns brightly The do not want a lot of labor or a mess around the house brought in with the wood. Storage of the wood needs to be convenient not huge piles and without a fear of bringing termites or pests into the house, We do not mandate that you can only by cord quantities of firewood. We sell, deliver and stack for you our firewood were you want it. First-floor delivery is included. For delivery of firewood, our minimum you can buy delivered is a face cord of wood. The next size up is a half cord for those who have space and burn more. For those who want less, we do offer to pick up service in our yard in Dedham Massachusetts of any amount of bundles you want. Our bundles are 1.5 cubic feet so that you can handle more wood with fewer trips than buying the gas station bundles that are typically .75 cubic feet of firewood.