A wood face cord, or, more conventionally, a face cord of wood, is a measurement of the amount of firewood in a stacked pile. A standard cord of firewood is a measure of volume, but a face cord only reckons the depth and height of the pile, not the length.
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.
A bush cord measures 8 by 4 by 4 feet, which equals 128 cubic feet. A face cord of 16-inch pieces of wood measures 8 feet by 4 feet by 16 inches, which equals 42.67 cubic feet.
A cord of wood is four feet wide, four feet high and eight feet long by standards. When sold for firewood, the cord is typically reduced to a stack that contains wood pieces shorter than four feet. These stacks are usually called rick or face cords.
The price of a cord of wood varies greatly depending on the type of wood, availability, the geographical location and the location of the purchaser in relation to the seller. Prices can range from $50 to $100 a cord for mixed hardwood.
To calculate a cord of wood, stack the wood in a rectangular pile, then measure the length, width and height of the pile. A cord of wood is 128 cubic feet, so any measurement that equals this number can be considered a cord. For example, the measurements of the pile can...
A typical cord of wood is 4 feet high by 8 feet long by 4 feet wide with a volume of 128 cubic feet. A variation of the cord is the face cord, generally measuring 4 feet high by 8 feet long with 16 inch wide pieces.