Thread: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

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Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

Getting a wood burner finally! But I started planning a rack for the firewood and I'm confused about cord wood. OK 4'X4'X8', pretty straightforward. But two 18" logs only go 36" back, even 20" cuts would only be 40 of 48".

Wouldn't 18" logs two deep stacked 4' high and 8' long leave you 25% short? Do I look for a proper cord to then be 5' high if it's two logs deep?

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Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

Cordwood dimensions are not sized for stoves but the typical ( old) 36 inch wide fireplace wich holds a 24 inch log well.
If you buy your wood by the "cord" either face (1/2 width) or full you no longer get the full value if the wood is sized for a stove.
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Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

A cord of wood, 4'X4'X8' is 128 cubic feet. If you want one dimension of the stack to be 36" (3 ft), and the stack to remain 8 ft long, then the stack needs to be 5.3 ft high to make a full cord.

You can paste the
highlighted part below into Google and play around with the divisors for other lengths of wood:

128 / 8 / 3 = 5.333

(Oops, pasting the above will also copy the "highlighting" BBCode, so here it is without any codes.)

128 / 8 / 3

4. Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

With a bit of smarts any size of logs can be stacked into a cord. You might need this guy to help you stack it:

5. Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

It's a free market without any real standards. If the guy selling is willing to sell, and the buyer is willing to pay then it's a fair transaction. People can get really upset if you tell them that they are shorting you. Not far from my house is a yard sign that says "If you get shot its your own fault." Since I don't fancy getting shot I try not to make people mad over how much wood is supposed to be in a cord.

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Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

In some states, one is Washington, a "cord" is defined in law.
The legal measure for firewood in Washington is the cord or a fraction of a cord. Sellers may not legitimately use terms such as "truckload," "face cord," "rack" or "pile." These terms have no legal definition and cannot, therefore, be used as a measure for the amount of firewood being sold. Only packaged wood, such as kindling or a very small bundle of firewood, may be sold by the cubic foot or a fraction of a cubic foot.

More here:

http://agr.wa.gov/inspection/weights...formation.aspx
If you follow the link, you will see that firewood sellers are also required to provided a detailed receipt.

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Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

Nobody around here sells by the cord anymore. I get a "dumptruck load".

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I stand corrected. Apparently - like beekeeping - firewood trade is also local. I had no idea that the wood cutters of Washington were so oppressed by government regulations. They should move to TN I guess.

There actually is a standard of sorts in practice around here - a "Rick" (corruption of rack?) 4' tall x 8' long by whatever width the wood is cut to. Also known as a pickup truck load. You still might get shot though if you call the guy a cheater.

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Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

Wood cut at 16 inches is more wood stove size and stacks out at 4' x 4' x 8' = cord.

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Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

> They should move to TN I guess.

I did.

I cut lots of firewood in Washington state some years ago, but never sold any of it. Now I'm in TN I sold a 1/2 cord to a neighbor a while ago. I do agee that most firewood transactions around here seem to be be based around the vague "load".

11. Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

Originally Posted by odfrank
With a bit of smarts any size of logs can be stacked into a cord. You might need this guy to help you stack it:
Love the pic. Very creative.

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