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Estimating the wood in a pile

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by wendell, Mar 3, 2009.

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  1. wendell

    wendell Minister of Fire

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    I just finished splitting my 2010 wood and it is now in 3 big piles around my house, ready to get stacked this weekend. Since Geometry was many, many years ago.I'm wondering if there is a way to estimate how much wood is in a pile. For instance, if the base has a diameter of 10 feet and the pile is 5 feet tall, how many cords will that be. I know the slope of the pile will vary but I would guesstimate it at around 50 degrees.

    Any math whizzes out there?

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  2. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    Take a picture....post it for us, and then we can guess.
    Then, you can give a free round to the closest guesser.
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Use the volume of a cone. 1/3 pi r^2 h
    r= radius
    h= height

    so in this case v= 1/3 (3.14) (5 sqared) * 5 = 1/3 *3.14 *25 *5

    Divide by 128 to find cord

    That will prolly be a conservative estimate- most piles are rounded a bit
  4. Wet1

    Wet1 Minister of Fire

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    W/o crunching numbers or seeing a picture, it sounds like it's about 1.25 to 1.5 cords.
  5. lexybird

    lexybird Minister of Fire

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    sounds about right i just stacked today with about those same dimensions and got around 1.5 cords
  6. Heem

    Heem New Member

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    i estimate that you have 3 piles of wood.
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