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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by cwitham, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. cwitham

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    You guys keep talking about cords of wood, I have no idea what that is we use Rick in Indiana 8' long 4' high cut to fit in your "fireplace". So what is a cord of wood equal to in ricks?

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  2. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    A cord is 8'x4'x4'. Your rick is like what we call a face cord where I am. Equal to 1/3 of a full cord.
  3. cwitham

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    Wow
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    Aside from not level yet is there any reason why I shouldn't just use the bottom pallets and ditch the other two on their sides?
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    Cord = 128 cuft of wood, no matter how you stack it or length you cut it. It is a "legal" unit of measure. Rick/face cord/bush cord.... not a legally recognized unit.
    Fractions of cords is then used (i.e. 1/3 cord, 1/2 cord, etc)

    There will be a written test on Thursday.

    Oh - loose the side pallets. More storage area.
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  6. cwitham

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    Rick is a legally recognized unit of measure in Indiana and is the only way you can sell fire wood
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    Without doing the research I believe this to be horse hockey.

    Yep - I am correct. (not trying to be a hard azz - its just the OCD in me).
    http://www.evansvillegov.org/Index.aspx?page=352
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  8. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    The pallets on the ground are just what you need. I store all my wood on pallets. Lose the ones on the side. And you could probably just lower your cross bracing so the top of them are even with the tops of the pallets. No need for some of them, just keep your sides where you want them with one in the back and one in the front.
  9. cwitham

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    Yeah well I stand corrected, no one in Indiana sells cords that I am aware of. EVERYONE sells ricks
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    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    The only way anyone sells wood up in our area is by the face cord. It may not be "legal unit" , but that is the way it is. ;)
    Don't pay too much attention to Jags. He recently had his 44th birthday and is becoming a miserable old codger! ;lol
    Ya, ya Jags. I know. I get that way sometimes too. ==c
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    The f'ed up thing is there is no reference to it on the Indiana dept of health website.

    Evansville is more Kentucky than Indiana anyway
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    I really don't care if they call it a "frinkle" (remember that AP?). It is no skin off of my nose. Just pointing out the ONLY real measure of firewood. Ya want to know why? What if your "rick" is cut at 15" long? How about 18" long? Two completely different and noticeable amounts of wood....but it is all a "rick" (or face cord) to you.

    And Gassy - get it right - I am not miserable, I am crotchety.;lol
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    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    ;lol That is right. Your "rick" or my "face cord" would have to be cut at 16". Then three of them would equal a full cord. You are correct about the only real measurement being a cord. But it is still done many different ways all over the good old USA. I stand corrected. Crotchety. ;lol My 44 year old muscles were feeling all the cutting I did last week. The dragging of all the brush did not help either. :confused:
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    That is not f'ed up because there is NO true definition. Again - 15" long, 18" long, 20" long???
    at 15" long a rick = 25 cuft
    at 18" long a rick = 48 cuft
    at 20" long a rick = 53 cuft

    This of course does not take into consideration air space and blah, blah, blah....just showing the dramatic difference that can happen in your "face", "rick", "bush" or any other nomenclature that is not a fraction of a cord.
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    INDIANAPOLIS - It's easy to get burned when buying firewood, especially when the buyer has received less than they bargained for, according to the Weights and Measures Division of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

    Firewood is sold in large amount throughout Indiana until the end of the winter heating season, but many people are buying measurements of firewood that are not defined and less than state requirements. The ISDH's Weights and Measures reminds Hoosiers that firewood must be sold in measurements of "cords" - or 128 cubic feet of firewood.

    I meant anything about measures of firewood, that article clearly states that is dept of health justidiction
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    I are cunfuddled??
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    My point is it isn't on the state website, that is an article from a newspaper you are quoting. I'm not arguing you are wrong but there is no mention of firewood measure on the Indiana Dept of Health Website that I have found
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    Yeah, it doesn't appear to be easy to parse that info out of their website.
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    I have a new question, when cutting your firewood for whatever length you use lets say 16" what do you use to make sure it is "always" 16"?
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    Mark your saw (bar), or get a mental note of where 16" is on your saw. Use it as a length guide.
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    Yup. I have a spot on my saw that will give me right around 20". Close nough. :)
  22. cwitham

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    Changes suggested by you guys
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    First wood
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    What about burning this stuff? Pine that's been done 4-5 years and some what I would consider bonfire stuff. Is it better to just leave it for the bonfire pit? Actually most of this has been down at least three years.
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    Part of my "ugly" wood pile
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    Last pic for this post my pile-o-maple
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    One more pic of the "trash" bonfire wood
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    This where I think my new wood shed is going to go ImageUploadedByTapatalk1355251896.284581.jpg

    Or maybe here
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  25. Jags

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    Looking good. That junk wood is up to you. If you are home on the weekend and don't mind feeding the fire, it will make heat, but depending on condition (punky), it will make a lot of ash as well.

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