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How much wood wil it hold?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by kwikrp, Dec 8, 2008.

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  1. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    A standard long bed is 8' long, 6' wide (maybe not quite 6'?), with 1.5' gunwales. 8 x 6 x 1.5 = 72 cu ft if it's stacked level. Of course, only a moron stacks level, so I'm guessing it's somewhat more than 72 cu ft.

    EDIT - I just measured the width of my bed (1999 Dodge 3500) and it is 70" wide. 8 x 5.83 x 1.5 = 69.96 cu ft.

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  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Moron or not, you stack only as much as the truck can carry by weight.

    Who stacks wood in their pickup anyway? Most I see, they are just tossed in willy nilly. That's usually how the back window gets busted out.
  3. Wet1

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    I do, If I'm traveling any distance. I stack and even fill the voids with small rounds...
  4. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I've always hauled as much wood as my truck could possibly hold. I drive like a grandpa and have never had a problem.

    Also, the willy-nilly method is a waste of time.
  5. mayhem

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    I always stack in my truk. I've got the carrying capacity and to not stack usually means I'll have to make an extra trip. Wastes alot more time to drive back and forth than to stack it in the truck.
  6. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    around here too.

    here's a good "basic" description of sizes:
    http://www.woodheat.org/firewood/cord.htm

    You'll see that they say a full size (8ft bed) truck can hold 1/2 a cord either by stacking it carefully to the top of the sides, OR by throwing willy-nilly until it piles as high as the cab.

    Now, if you throw willy-nilly you have a pile that is essentially the shape of a hill, and not a cube anymore, so this makes sense. Around here nobody throws it into a pile that gets quite that high, so it generally is assumed that a truck-load is unstacked in the bed, and is piled midway up the window at it's highest point. and then when stacked you get about a face-cord (or 1/3 cord), like Mr. Chaos said earlier.
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    Nice flaps!!!!!! :)
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    OMG, don't let mayhem see that load tossed in all willy nilly!
  9. Wet1

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    Did a tree job yesterday. The terrain was so bad I couldn't get the dump trailer in there, so I had to take it out with just the truck. This red oak (wet) was almost two full cords, it took two trips to get all the wood. If I had tossed the wood in, it probably would have taken four trips. At 15 miles each way, it made a lot more sense to stack it neatly. I had to split (noodle) the rounds towards the base of the tree because I couldn't lift them. Here's the top part of the tree, this was very close to a cord...

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    Nice flaps!!!!!! :)[/quote]

    Thanks, Though I backed into a snow drift with da truck a week ago and bent the bracket that holds up up nice and pretty so now there hanging funny.

    well its something I'll have to fix this spring.


    I haul all my wood willy nilly also. Heck time I fill up the box the truck has all the weight that I want to haul on it.


    though I'll stack the ATV trailers full so I can get more wood per trip with the ATV But that I can reach/stack the ATV trailer from where I am standing next to it.

    sublime out.
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