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A cord is the measurement used for firewood. The official and standard full cord of firewood has a height of 4 feet, a width of 4 feet, a length of 8 feet and a volume of 128 cubic feet. There are other types of cords, varying in size and amount.


Contacting your local County Extension Office is the best place to start when buying cords of firewood for the first time. The County Extension Office will provide information about pricing, wood species and quality, as well as referrals to reputable sellers in the area...


A cord of wood measures 4 feet high, 4 feet wide and 8 feet long. Terms such as face cord, stove cord and furnace cord represent wood that is stacked 4 feet high and 8 feet long and less than 4 feet wide, according to the Wood Heat Organization, Inc.


The most affordable way to purchase firewood is to find a local wood yard and request pricing information for large orders. Because cords of wood take up so much space, shipping them lengthy distances is generally more expensive than purchasing locally.


The best types of firewood include hardwoods such as bur, red and white oak, hard maple and birch. Softwoods that are good for firewood are pine and fir, but generally, hardwoods are superior to softwoods when it comes to firewood.


To season firewood, split the wood and stack it in an open space exposed to the sun and wind and leave it for more than six months. This process dries the wood, ensuring that it burns efficiently without having to boil off excess moisture.


The price of firewood is affected by its dryness, location and energy content. Other important factors in cost include the size of the bundle being purchased and the distance it was transported.