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Ah, the rising cost of EVERYTHING! How much was firewood last year; or the year before?
If you buy firewood then you may know the different units of measurement for it. You need these units to buy wood and to get the best value out of your money.
Here is a guide to tell you what a quart of wood is.
A quick answer to this question: a quart of wood is a quart or one-fourth of a cord of wood. A cord is the standard measurement for firewood and is 128 cubic feet. When a cord of wood is stacked, it will measure about 4 feet high, 4 feet wide and 8 feet long.
Take note that the amount of wood in a cord can differ greatly from one supplier to another because wood is usually cut in a variety of lengths. Uneven stacking will surely result in a lot of space for air. This is why you need to stack your firewood well.
A cord could be a bit confusing for new shoppers. Usually, consumers who don’t need this much wood may only purchase half a cord or a quart of wood or quart of cord instead.
Other firewood units of measurement
Aside from a cord, half and quart of wood, some sellers offer a “face cord” of wood. Typically, a face cord is one-third as deep as a full cord. There is a large difference in volume and a face cord is sometimes casually referred to as a cord.
If you are going around and shopping for the best price then you must look for the price of a full cord of wood. If you are not going to purchase too much wood then you must shop for the best price for half or a quart of wood.
The average cost of a cord of wood
The price of a cord may vary across the country, but in general, you may have to pay from $120 and $180 for a cord of hardwood, split and seasoned.
While this is the average cost, many consumers can expect to pay more, especially in winter. In some places in the U.S. costs can be as high as $220 to $400 per cord. You must compare shop for the best price in your area. If you must scour your area for the best price on foot then do so. This way you will be getting the best price for your needs.
And if you want your wood delivered and stacked you must expect to pay an additional fee. You may find sellers charge more for other services like cutting wood in short lengths which includes more labor and cutting, cutting wood to uniform sizes, clean wood, dry wood and more
The different types of wood used for firewood
Not all wood is the same; some make much better firewood than others. You must have a clear idea of what you’re buying when comparing prices. Hardwoods are no doubt best for home burning because this burns slowly and may emit only a small amount of smoke and sparks. The most common hardwood is ash, maple, black birch, oak, and walnut.
If you find an outrageous price for a cord of wood then you must think twice. You must ask the supplier what type of wood the firewood is and the actual amount for a cord, half or quart of wood.
And if you just need a small amount of wood, not really a large cord then you must also find the best price for half or quart of wood. Some suppliers may not offer this amount so be sure to look for one that does.
When comparing prices for a quart, half or a cord, find out as much as you can about the wood that was used to make firewood. You must personally take a look at the firewood beforehand.
And if you are using firewood all year long for your fireplace or wood burning stove then you must stock up with a winter season’s worth of wood before the cold season starts. Preparation will allow you to dry your wood to perfection before you burn them.