How Long Does A Cord Of Wood Last? Getting An Adequate Supply

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A cord is the standard measurement that is used whenever you purchase wood or firewood. You can buy a face cord or a full cord depending on how much you need to use or store. Firewood is not just used for winter; it can also be used the whole year round especially for cooking.

Getting an adequate supply of firewood is a serious matter for many homeowners, especially those that live in rural areas where modern or a more advanced form of home heating and cooking is not readily available. Having enough firewood can actually mean life or death in some instances.

Knowing how much wood you need is one of the most important things that you should ask yourself when it comes to having an adequate supply. Storing more than what is needed is also better than not having enough. This is why many first timers ask me, how long does a cord of wood last?

How Long Does A Cord Of Wood Last? Getting An Adequate Supply

Factors That You Need To Consider


When it comes to buying a cord of wood, there are a lot of factors that you need to consider. You need to know what the wood is made up of because if you are using hardwood trees, the cord will be much heavier and it will last longer than those are made of wood and are not as dense.

You should also know if the wood has already been split. This is because you will actually be able to get more if the cord is made up of wood that has already been split than one that is made up of round logs. If the wood is also used for home heating, you should also consider how big the home is.

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Depending on where you are located and how severe the weather conditions are in your area, you might have to order several full cords. You should also consider whether you are going to use the wood as your main source for heating and cooking or if it will only be used for supplemental purposes.

Typically, you will need to use a lot of wood to heat up large houses especially if the stove is no longer in good condition and if the house is too drafty. Of course, you will also have to consider how many people are living in your home. All these factors can affect how long a cord of wood can last.

How Long Does A Cord Of Wood Last?


In some cases, a half a cord can last for as long as 2 months when heating a small house. This means that it is possible for a cord of wood to heat small homes for as long as 4 months. If you have a rocket mass heater, it might even be possible for you to use a cord for 6 months in cooking and in heating water.

But when it comes to heating a house that is made up of 1,600 square meters, for example, some people say that they will have to use as much as 8 cords of wood during winter. This means that for their specific needs, one cord will only last less than a week.


Some people also say that for as long as there are no leaks in the house and with good insulation, a homeowner with a 1,500 square feet home will only need to prepare three to four cords of wood simply because insulation plays a very big role in helping you to keep wood consumption down.

There are also homeowners who have a 1,100 square foot house who say that one and a half full cords can easily last them through winter if the wood is only used specifically for heating. A cord therefore, can easily last them for 2 months.


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How long a cord will last will actually depend on many different factors. Aside from taking into consideration the volume and the quality of the actual cord, you will also have to take into consideration the actual area as well as what the actual condition of your own house is.

In some cases, a cord of wood can easily last homeowners for 2 – 4 months and possibly even more. But when it comes to heating very large houses, especially those that have poor insulation, it can be very easy for them to consume 1 cord of wood in just a matter of days up to a few weeks.

Of course, the factors that were mentioned earlier are what can help make a wood last longer or shorter. This is why when it comes to getting an adequate supply, I highly recommend that you try to store or buy around 3-8 cords and just season and store the ones that were not used for next year.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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