What Is a Cord of Wood?


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A cord is a quantity of cut firewood, usually defined as the amount of wood that fills a 128 cubic foot space, or an 8 by 4 by 4 foot stack. Since firewood is irregularly shaped, a cord of wood typically averages about 85 cubic feet of wood.

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What Is a Cord of Wood?
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The word "cord" is sometimes used loosely by firewood dealers. Most firewood is sold in pieces of 12 to 16 inches in length, suitable for a home fireplace or wood-burning stove. A 4 by 8 foot stack of 16 inch firewood, sometimes called a "face cord," is only about a third of an actual cord in volume.

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