How Much Does A Cord Of Wood Weigh? Safe Storage And Transport

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Firewood is an important item that you need to have in your home especially if the area where you live in goes through harsh winters. Although it can be a great thing to have advanced home heating systems, the only way for you to keep your family warm when your home heating fails is through firewood.

When it comes to buying firewood, you need to know that it is officially measured by cords. You can either buy a face cord, or a full cord. A firewood cord is a unit of measurement that refers to volume rather than weight. This is why in most cases, people who order them have no idea how heavy a cord is.

Knowing how much a cord of wood weighs is very important especially if you want to transport it on your own or if you are preparing a place where you can store your firewood. If you have no idea how much it weighs, you might end up bringing the wrong car or making a weak storage rack.

How Much Does A Cord Of Wood Weigh? Safe Storage And Transport

Factors That Can Affect The Weight Of The Cord

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The weight of the cord can vary depending on what tree is used and whether or not the wood is green or dried. A cord of green wood actually weighs two times more than one that is made up of dried wood because green wood have a very high moisture content.

A cord that is made up of round logs also weighs less than a cord that is made up of split pieces. When it comes to the species of wood used, you need to know that hardwood trees are much heavier than other trees. For the commonly used oak tree, you need to know that red oak can be heavier than white oak.

This is because hardwood trees has more density than softwood trees such as pine. You should also know that the longer the wood has been kept outside, the lighter they will be. Letting the wood air dry on a raised platform is called seasoning the wood and it can help make them lighter and burn better.

How Much Does A Cord Of Wood Weigh?

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For a full cord made up of bur oak, freshly cut ones will weigh as much as 4960 lbs. and 3768 lbs. when dried. For a full cord of red or pink oak, freshly cut ones will weigh as much as 4888 lbs. and 3528 lbs. when dried. White oak on the other hand weighs 5573 lbs. when wet and 4200 lbs. when dried.

If your firewood cord is made up of other trees, then you should know that a cord of freshly cut apple wood weighs 4850 pounds, green ash can weigh as much as 4184 pounds, yellow birch can weigh 4312 pounds and willow can weigh as much as 4320 pounds. These are all green weights.

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So you can easily get an estimate of how much a face cord would weigh, you will have to divide the weight of a full cord of a specific type of wood by three. So you will know how much the weight of a specific type of dried wood will weigh, you need to deduct around 70% of its green weight.

You can look online for more information about the cord weight of different kinds of trees. There are prepared tables that will help you gather data, and you can also use online calculators that will help you determine how much several cords of a specific type of wood weighs in a matter of seconds.

Conclusion

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As you can see, there is no standard weight when it comes to cords of different types of wood. The weight of the cord will vary depending on what type of wood is being used and whether it has been seasoned or if it is still green. Cords made up of round logs and split wood also weigh differently.

The density of the wood as well as the moisture that it contains can also have a significant effect on the overall weight of the cord. For example, a full cord can be much larger in volume than a face cord, but if the face cord is made up of green hardwood trees, then the face cord can actually weigh more.

If you want to know how much a cord of wood weighs, you will have to ask your dealer what type of wood is used to make the cord. You should then try to see if the wood is green or dried as well as if it is rounded or split. You can then check the data I’ve given above, or prepared tables or online calculators.

When storing or transporting cords of wood, please try to make a close estimate of its weight first. Consider all of the factors that can make the cord heavier so you can bring with you a bigger truck or so that you can make a strong raised rack that you can use for storing and seasoning the wood.

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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