Whether you want to heat your home with a wood stove or love curling up next to a cozy fireplace, you’re going to need firewood.
Firewood is supplied as needed and taken care of by licensed professionals who know when to chop down your trees, how much wood can be made from them and more.
When ordering firewood services in our area, expect prompt delivery handled with the utmost care and professionalism.
What is a cord of wood?
A cord is the standard measurement for firewood, and it’s exactly 4 feet wide, 4 feet high, and 8 feet long. Whenever you’re looking to buy wood, your supplier will charge you per cord or partial amount of a cord.
When purchasing firewood, make sure that you know what questions to ask before jumping right in. There are different types of cords and ways they are created, which presents the opportunity for pricing discrepancies and incomparable deals.
This guide will teach you everything you need to consider when shopping around so that you can avoid being scammed out of money while still getting quality wood!
How to measure a cord of wood?
And though the “average” cord is 128 cubic feet, this number can vary greatly depending on where you get your firewood and how it’s stacked. Most sellers don’t cut their woodblocks to an exact length or arrange them as neatly as possible.
While these deviations may be frustrating, they make it a little difficult to price compare. If both supply companies sell the same product – several cords of firewood, but one is priced higher than the other – watch out!
You may want to double your examination upon just this one detail because it could be that one company might provide you with wood that’s cheaper. After all, they could package it better at the time of delivery, so you will have fewer scraps in your yard after running over it with the mulch spreader.
However – make sure that this difference doesn’t throw off your decision making entirely (like if there is a possibility that you might still end up paying more for the product even though it seems to be coming from a cheaper source) or ends up resulting in a higher charge later on by introducing extra space between units delivered even though they look like they filled up a truck bed!
It turns out there are three types of cords. When you say, “I’d like to buy a cord of wood,” the seller may be confused because they won’t know exactly which type you want.
This is the standard 4′ x 4′ x 8′ square footage. Make sure you specify whether you mean a face cord, full cord or rick when requesting firewood delivery, so there are no misunderstandings.
This is a small cord made of the smallest size group available of logs. It measures 4ft tall by 8ft wide and 16in deep.
This ends up being roughly one-third the amount of wood as a traditional cord picked in the fall and generally described by USDA standards as a Full Cord.
The Shelly cord is the largest unit of measurement for electricity. It’s most often used to measure how much power or energy a household consumes in one day!
The average cost of a cord of wood
You may even see both ends of the spectrum in your area, and for instance, in California, you can get a cord of wood for as low as $100 in the Central Valley but $480 on average in Southern California.
Other factors such as geographic location and proximity to civilization affect what you’ll be able to get, and prices vary greatly across the country. For example:
Type of wood:
Hardwoods burn hotter and longer than softwoods. Softwoods include pine, fir, spruce, hemlock and cedar. The reason is that hardwoods are denser wood, which means there is more wood in their construction than softwood to fuel fires for much longer.
During the winter, prices tend to increase, so it’s best to stock up on your products beforehand.
To save time, consider paying a few extra dollars for pre-stacked cords that have been cut into the exact length you need.
Expect wet and dirty wood to cost less than wood that is clean and dry.When buying a cord of wood for a winter’s worth of heat, it pays to shop around! You’ll want to ask your local sawmills what exactly is included in their standard cord.
Once you’ve settled on a supplier and ordered your first cord, what’s the best way to store it?Storing firewood may seem like an obvious thing, but have you ever actually gone into a forest with an axe just to see how it feels?
It’s exhausting! And there are so many other things that need your attention. Maybe you saw a bear, or something went wrong with the axe (very bad things can happen when the axe gets rusty).
In any case, we advise our customers not to try and take care of everything themselves when it comes to firewood, which is why we instituted delivery services in the first place!
Light your fire using kindling, matches or a lighter. Once the wood is burning, you will need to let it burn for some time. Leave enough room around the woodstove for ventilation and do not pose a danger to anything caught in its way.
At this point, you may be tempted to throw everything into a pile as fast as possible. But if you’re clever, you’ll stack strategically.
This method of wood stacking is called ‘Laying the Slim Cordwood.’ To start, you first need to arrange your stack from bottom to top into a teepee formation by placing one piece of wood on top of another.
(Note: The wetter and wetter pieces should always be placed on the bottom to keep them from getting water ruined.) Next, you set up your stockpile so that the drier pieces are on top where you can easily use them as needed.
You will notice an immediate difference between dried and fresh logs as the former burn more quickly and much hotter than freshly cut ones. This allows you to use less fuel per fire while still fully enjoying the warmth they provide!)