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How Much Firewood Is In A Cord?

Charlotte Firewood- Hardwood Firewood / Mark's Firewood
Posted by on November 26, 2013

It is finally getting cold outside here in Charlotte NC and this means it’s time to start having a nice warm fire in the fireplace to relax around at night. So tis’ the season to start firewood shopping! The big question is how much firewood should you purchase because we all know those little five piece, plastic wrapped bundles just don’t cut it.

We are going to look at some terms we commonly use in the tree industry to describe different quantities of firewood. Normally here at Mark’s Firewood our customers call and say they would like to buy a cord of our seasoned firewood. People seem to normally ask for a cord of wood because it is the most commonly used term in reference to a quantity of firewood. It also happens to be the only official measurement term for specific quantity of firewood.

However we have found that in the Charlotte NC area a cord of seasoned firewood is much more than the average person will burn in a single winter. So just how much firewood is in a cord? A cord of firewood is defined as enough stacked pieces of firewood to fill a 128 cubic foot area. This works out to be a stack 4 ft high by 4 ft wide by 8 ft long.

Mark's Firewood- Cord of Firewood

Dimensions of a cord of firewood

Locally here in Charlotte we have a couple terms we use along with a cord to describe a quantity of firewood. The second most used measurement is a face cord. A face cord is a stacked row of wood that measures 4 ft high and 8 ft long. At Mark’s Firewood if you purchase our truck load of wood you are getting exactly a face cord of wood. Another term we hear is a rick or a rick cord. This is a newer term for us but from our understanding it is just another name for a face cord and also refers to a stack of wood 4 ft high and 8 ft long.

We hope this helps with your decision on how much firewood you need to get you through this winter!

 If you have any questions about the article or would like to order some of our all hardwood seasoned firewood email us at or call 980.579.8655.


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