Firewood Facts - Burning the right wood

Measurement of Wood

A standard cord of wood has a volume of 128 cubic feet and is 4 feet high, 4 feet wide and 8 feet long. Face cords, or short cords, do not have standard measurements and volumes cannot be determined; thus this term should not be used to purchase wood.

Number of Trees Requied to Yield One Standard Cord

Diameter of Tree Measured at Chest Height Deciduous Coniferous
7 15 20
8 11 13
9 8 10
10 5 8
12 4 6
14 3 3.7
16 2 2.5
18 1.5 1.9

Heating Value of Wood

When burning wood it is essential to have the wood as dry as possible in order to produce more heat per pound of fuel, thereby obtaining a higher heat value and also reducing trouble with creosote.