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What Is A
Cord Of
Firewood And
How Should
You Store It?
A “cord” is the unit of measurement used when ordering firewood, and the amount of wood you receive per cord is based on how the wood is split and how much can be stacked within the allotted space. Full cords measure four feet high by eight feet long by four feet wide and make a great baseline for determining what size cord you’ll need.
Face cords and rick cords are roughly half the size of a full cord, meaning the wood is put into a space measuring four feet high by eight feet long but only 16 to 20 inches wide. A Sheldon cord is bigger than a full cord, but as measurements vary by location, it’s always a good idea to ask the company you’re ordering from for the exact measurements.
It’s best to store your wood outside so that it can properly dry out for at least 12 months, and you should keep it under a tarp with room on the sides for added airflow. Stack your wood on a level base of two by fours to ensure that it won’t absorb any additional moisture from the ground or topple over.