How big is a cord of wood? As the winter season approaches, it is time to look at buying firewood. If you are planning on storing a large amount, you will need to know how big a cord of wood is.
How Big is a Cord of Wood?
A cord of wood is defined as being a stack of wood that is four feet wide, four feet tall and eight feet long, or 128 cubic feet of wood. The wood should be stacked together tightly.
When to Buy Firewood
It is actually better to buy firewood well in advance of winter so that the firewood has time to season, or dry. When the moisture content in the wood equals the moisture content in the air, the wood is considered to be seasoned. It can take green wood up to six months or more to season properly.
Another reason to buy firewood early is cost. You may find it more expensive to buy wood the closer it is to winter.
Green wood can weigh up to 100 percent more than comparable seasoned wood, so be prepared to stack your wood in a place that has proper support. You will also want to make sure that air can circulate through and around the wood to help the wood dry as well as keep the wood off of dirt so that the wood doesn't absorb moisture from the ground. You can place your firewood on wooden pallets or concrete blocks to prevent contact with earth.
Types of Firewood
Your best bet is to buy a combination of softwoods and hardwoods to burn. Softwoods, such as pine, light up relatively quickly compared to hardwoods, while hardwoods, like oak and cedar, are harder to light, but burn longer than softwoods.
Don't forget to clean out your fireplace and have the chimney swept before winter arrives. You don't want to burn down your house while trying to keep it warm and cozy.