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Re: whats a cord of wood?

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03-10-2013 00:55:39

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Does anyone actually still screw around with "face" cords in the real world? I mean... the wood comes off the back of a porter, goes through a processor and up a belt into a truck that holds anywhere from 2 cord to 15 cord depending on wether they"re using a single axle or a tridem end dump. Anyone I know doing commercial firewood is scaling on the cubic footage of the box as the wood lands off the conveyor... and a cord is simply 128 cubic feet of wood.


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03-10-2013 21:48:35

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 Re: whats a cord of wood? in reply to RodInNS, 03-10-2013 00:55:39  
Rod, Been gone all day just got in. Our trees in this part of the world are not processed with or by a large mechanical machine. A chain saw and a gas powered log splitter is all that is used. All Hand work, piece by piece! Yes Face cords are sold quite regularly to city people! Later, John A

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03-11-2013 07:54:10

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 Re: whats a cord of wood? in reply to John A., 03-10-2013 21:48:35  
Kinda doesn't sound like there's a large amount sold for actual heating.... more towards the 'fireplace' market. Around here probably 70% of firewood sales are cut/split and of that probably 70% of that is done with processors. We still do some oversize with a chainsaw and splitter but try to avoid it if possible. The face cord is never used tho...


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03-10-2013 06:09:15

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 Re: whats a cord of wood? in reply to RodInNS, 03-10-2013 00:55:39  
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Where I came from in the central Adirondacks, I'd never even heard of a "face cord". A cord was 4x4x8 stacked as tight as you could. Up here it's face cords and "short face cords" for the guys with tiny stoves. One guy I know had a customer that wanted 13" wood. He paid a premium for less wood. Weird.

Only a few people with processors around here. Most folks buy it log length and cut and split their own.

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03-10-2013 06:25:16

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 Re: whats a cord of wood? in reply to Bret4207, 03-10-2013 06:09:15  
Most folks buy it log length and cut and split their own.

Are they really getting what we call a cord of wood then. If you try to stack 8ft long logs in a 4x4 block you would have a cord. Problem is stacking 8ft long logs leaves alot of air space. So when you cut and split the wood to fireplace length you will have the same amount of wood but it will take up less space.

So what is really a cord of wood?????

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03-10-2013 15:24:32

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 Re: whats a cord of wood? in reply to John in La, 03-10-2013 06:25:16  
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The guys I know selling deliver by the truck load of logs. I forget what the guaranteed volume of wood is, but I know my next door neighbor always has at least a half cord more than the minimum promised. I think it's 3 full cord. I'll try to remember to ask him.

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