What is a cord of Firewood?

At Vancouver Firewood we are often asked questions like: “How big is a cord of firewood?”,  “What is a cord? and “What is a face cord of firewood?”.

How big is a cord of firewood?

A cord of firewood is a universal measurement that does not change. It is 128 cubic feet or 4′x4′x8′ stacked with gaps that are smaller than a cat but bigger than a rat. Don’t be fooled by mischievous firewood vendors claiming a pickup truck can hold a full cord. It is simply not true and if they stack it high enough to actually fit a cord, they are driving in your neighborhood carrying a weight that is not safe and nor legal.

What is a face cord?

A face cord is a measurement commonly used in the United States that equals one third of a full cord or 42 cubic feet. Technically selling face cords in Canada is considered taboo as well as illegal. While we do sell 1/2 cords, we are not exactly sure of the legalities of this within Canada. The reality is some people simply don’t have room to store the equivalent of a VW Beetle worth of wood under their stairs or in their garage.

Basic Tips for Buying Firewood

There are a couple simple things the professionals do that can easily show customers they are getting good value. All of our trucks are equipped with a professional grade wood moisture content reader that instantly shows the percentage of moisture remaining in the firewood. Anything below 22% is safe and adequate for burning in your home fireplace or wood insert.

It may seem simple, but does your firewood delivery service show you the measurements of your wood? It is as simple as pulling out a measuring tape and adding up the measurement of each side. If your wood arrives loose or not stacked, there is a good chance you are not getting very good value. Remember, Cedar is not a good heating resource. While it is great for lighting your fire, search for a reputable vendor who provides excellent seasoned Fir, Alder, Maple, Pine, Spruce or Arbutus. These are the best species of tree for heating your home using firewood in and around Vancouver.