How much wood? (Pics)

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Isaac Carlson

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2012
NW Wisconsin
How much wood do you think is in this pile? It'll grow some more this week. We just added 2+ cord today. Probably another 5 cord to split plus another 5 to bring home. We have been trying to get ahead for about 8 years, I think this might be the year we finally do it. I originally wanted to get 100 years ahead, but I don't know if the wood will last that long. Might have to settle for 40 or 50 years worth.
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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
South Puget Sound, WA
Hard to say. 4-5 cords?


Minister of Fire
Jun 5, 2015
Southeast CT
If you can measure the dimension of this pile, more accurate estimates will be made.
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ZZ Tom

Burning Hunk
Feb 3, 2014
If you can stack the wood very accurate measurements can be made. No guesstimating, no thinking.

It will also dry much better.


Moderate Moderator
Staff member
Aug 2, 2006
Northern IL
From personal experience I know that piled wood is deceiving in quantity. My pile estimates are usually over inflated by 30 to 40 percent.
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Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
Palmyra, WI
Small changes in the way it's stacked, square round sloped, makes a big difference in the total.
3 CORD /_\

6 CORD (_)

8 CORD |_|

Only good way is to square it up.
There is such a thing as the "angle of repose", used in figuring stockpile quantities. Wood chips, and any number of other stuff can be figured. I didn't see cordwood in the selections list.

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Isaac Carlson

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2012
NW Wisconsin
I'm guessing 10-15 cord in this pile. It's probably 30 ft long, 7+ ft high, and 14+ft wide at the base.

I will get actual measurements tomorrow, but this should be a pretty good ballpark.

I have another pile with 3-4 cord in it and another 2+ left to split. That should come out close to 20 cord. I still have 5+ cord to bring home.


Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
10+ cords there.