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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by woodsman23, Oct 7, 2008.
What does a chord of wood weight?
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Acchording to this site http://www.geocities.com/dtmcbride/home_garden/firewood.html around 2500 lbs for pine to 4000 lbs for white oak
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thanks for the info, is that a full cord or a face cord?
A cord is the closest thing we in this country seem to be able to agree on so far as a quantity of firewood is concerned. A cord is 128 cubic feet of neatly stacked split wood, typically described as 4' x 4' x 8', but the dimensions are arbitrary, the total volume is not...128 cubic feet. A face cord has no real definition, but is generally agreed to be a stack of wood 4' high and 8' long, or its equivalent. Now, if those splits or rounds are 16" long, then a face cord is one thing. If they're 24" long, it's another thing, volume-wise. So, what's a face cord? Dunno, depends on how long the wood is. If the wood's 16" long, then a face cord is 1/3 of a cord, but if if it's not 16" long, then it's something else. Rick
EDIT: So...cord is volume, the weight then depends on density, which is a function of wood species and moisture content. A cord of wood can weigh in excess of 4000 pounds.
Thank you i think............. SORRY about the misspelled cord geeezzzzzzzz.... let it go fellas
Happens all the time...to all of us...have fun with us. Google something like "density of wood", and you'll find all kinds of charts that'll tell you pounds per cubic foot of whatever species you're interested in, with different moisture contents. Then factor in about 20% or so air space in a cord of stacked wood, and you'll come pretty close to the answer to your original question. Sorry for the run-around. Rick
Up here, a cord is about 5,000lbs. That's a mix of good hard woods..maple, beech, yellow birch, etc. I had a woods contractor looking at cutting my spruce and fir, and he uses 4,700lbs to the cord for figuring stumpage. Huge variations from region to region.
These are tree length figures