Firewood is essential in your home, especially during the winter season. When choosing the best wood to buy, some of the considerations include; the size, how the wood burns, how clean the wood is, type of the wood, and the availability.
When choosing firewood that is hotter and burns for longer, hardwood is the best. These woods are rare to find, tend to be more expensive but are clean. One reason that makes hardwood scarce is that they take longer to mature and season. For instance, the red oak, which is the most common type of hardwood, takes at least two years to season.
Due to this maturity, the hardwood is mainly useful in long-lasting construction projects like furniture. Also, the extended maturity makes hardwood firewood burn longer, hence the best wood for warming your home during summer. Some examples of hardwood include alder, oak, walnut, teak, mahogany, balsa, and hickory.
The cord of firewood is one of the most common ways of measuring wood; it is also the official measurement of wood recognized by both the buyers and sellers. The cord of word is associated with many terms like face cord, running cord, or stove cord. However, the cord of wood is the legal term acknowledged by the US and Canada.
Generally, a cord of wood measures 4*4*8 meaning 4 feet wide, 4 feet high and 8 feet long. The cord has a volume of 128 cubic meters. This is the standard measurement used by many buyers and sellers. However, some terms like a stack of wood or Sheldon cord can be confused with the cord of wood. Stack of wood has a measurement of 4 feet high, 8 feet long and 16 feet wide. To avoid confusion when buying firewood, also confirm the actual terms used in the measurements.
The weight of a cord of wood varies depending on several factors. Some factors include how dry the wood is, the specific species in the wood, and how green the wood is.
However, a standard cord of wood weighs anything from 2000 to 3000 pounds. This is the weight assuming that the wood is dried correctly, and is not greenwood. Since the different varieties of wood have different characteristics, the weight differs. As a general guide, the volume can have a 25% variance from the actual weight. Most sellers might give a discount to cover the variation.
The measurement of a cord refers to a quantity of wood measuring 4 feet long, 8 feet wide with a 128 cubic volume. Thus half cord measures 64 cubic volume. This amount can conveniently fill an 8-foot pickup truck.