What Is a “Cord” Of Wood?


Well, the jury is still out on the venerable measure for split firewood. One cord is equal to 128 cubic feet. That’s a lot. However, the Canadian government department of measurements, has recommended ending the use of terms such as “face cord”, “apartment cord”, “stove cord”, “camp cord” etc.. The confusion regarding this particular measure has led to some sour cords.

The mighty “Cord of Wood” has become the standard measure for purchasing firewood today, but the term itself may stem from the good ol’ clear cutting days of the big timber boom way back when, or perhaps even earlier. Some research suggests that the term comes from the 1600’s and the use of an actual cord, or length of rope, used to bind or measure a manageable amount of wood, split or otherwise. Whatever the case may be, split firewood is still a reliable source of heat for a sizable portion of the world population.

Purchasing a Cord of Firewood for Heating can prove to be a challenge. Depending on many factors, the price of firewood varies wildly. However, more often than not, you will get some pretty good stuff. If you’re actually purchasing firewood for heating your home, one cord will not be sufficient in most cases. Getting a sufficient load of quality hardwood for heating will most likely be the most cost efficient option. In general, the lager operations offer better quality and reliability. Delivery is also a benefit of the professional firewood supplier.

Doing as much research as possible, before purchasing, will often result in determining the best option for yourself. This, of course, is pretty much true of everything, however, the firewood industry is unique and competitive. This means that the better suppliers rise to the top of the heap. Again, this is pretty … Read More..

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