Hundreds of Tri-State residents make a part-time contribution to their family income by selling firewood. For what ever reason, these people work hard for what ever money they earn. When sellers of firewood package their product in pickup loads, truck loads, cords or even half cords, it becomes confusing to many. You, as a user of firewood in your home, should have a good understanding with the seller as to how much wood you are really buying.
A standard cord of wood is eight feet long, four feet high and 4 feet wide. That equates to 128 cubic feet of firewood. Keep in mind that 128 cubic feet of wood also includes the air space between wood pieces. Thus the amount of solid wood depends on whether the logs are straight or crooked, round or split, and large or small in diameter. This says something to buying a load of firewood that is neatly stacked and evenly split if possible. A standard pickup truck with an eight foot bed and having stacked the wood 3 feet high would occupy about a full cord.
Especially important at home near the fireplace is to remember to have a fire extinguisher near, but away from the stove and keep handy, material to squelch a chimney fire. Better yet, make sure to clean out the chimney now and again in mid-January to reduce the buildup of creosote. There are several businesses in the region that make cleaning your chimney simple and easy. Most of the time when you have a chimney fire, the chimney wall have collected large amounts of solids from the inadequate burning of the wood itself. A slow cool fire will deposit more creosote on the chimney wall than a hot fire. Also, its better to burn hardwoods like oak, hickory and maple rather than soft woods like pine and spruce.