How Much Firewood Do You Really Need?

Before purchasing firewood, it is important to consider how much firewood you will need. Everyone’s needs are a little different and it all has to do with what you will be using your firewood for. Generally, here are a few things to ask:

  • Will you use the wood for primary source of heat for your home?
  • Will the firewood be used only for occasional wood burning?
  • How much room do I have for storage?
  • Will I need to reorder before the season is over?

Determining firewood consumption is an important first step. It’s always a good idea to take into consideration the climate in which you live. Is the climate cold enough to require daily use of wood and fires? In Texas, we do not have many of these very cold winter days, but they do come and it’s always better to be prepared. If the wood will be used for a wood stove, you will need to consider how much you will be cooking with it. If the wood being purchased is for restaurant use, the amount of wood you’ll need on hand will be determined by how often wood-grilled food items will be available to customers. Will the items only be available as a special once a week or are a staple for your business?

The next important factor to determine how much wood you will need will be knowing how wood is measured and sold.

Measuring Firewood

Firewood is measured out by the cord. If you’ve purchased firewood before, you’ve more than likely heard of this term. But how much wood goes in to a cord?

The legal size of a cord of wood in the United States is measured 4 feet wide by 4 feet tall and 8 feet long (4’x4’x8’). Although this is the legal definition, wood is not usually sold at these dimensions.

Most dealers sell firewood in increments smaller than a cord, called a full “face” cord. A full face cord measures the “face” of the cord: 4 feet tall and 8 feet long. (4’x8’). The depth of the cord is not measured, but the pieces of wood will vary from 16 to 18 inches long.

When you go to purchase firewood, try to not purchase from retailers that cannot be related to standard cord. If the load is determined by the size of truck bed, it can be difficult to determine the measurements. You could ultimately end up paying more!

The next step is deciding how much firewood will be needed. Typically a full face cord will last the season if you plan to burn 1-2 fires per week. If consumption is greater than that, work with a reputable firewood dealer to determine how much firewood to order. If you are the kind of person that likes to feel prepared for any situation, having two years worth of wood supply available to you is ideal.

Whatever your needs are it is always good to keep in mind, the best wood to burn is wood that has been properly seasoned! Wood that is too green will be smokey and be more difficult to burn.


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