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When purchasing firewood from suppliers, it pays to know how they talk. It’s kind of confusing to hear the words “cord,” “face,” “rack,” “throw” or “rick” when buying wood but we can assure you that these are common lingo.
Every word means something when buying wood with the world cord the most recognized unit of measurement when buying wood. But if you are looking for a more informal way to buy wood from a supplier, you are talking about a rick of wood.
What is a rick of wood?
You might ask “What is a rick?” just like most people who encounter this term for the first time. A rick is a term used in informal firewood dealings. It is not a basic measure of firewood. It is simply a description of the way a cord (the most recognized unit of measure) of wood is stacked.
So you might hear “How much for a rick?” or “This rick is for sale!” which simply means that the amount of wood is not exact. There is no way to know how much a rick of wood is unless you talk to an actual supplier.
A cord, on the other hand, is a stack of wood which measures 4 x 4 x 8 feet, or 128 cubic feet. Usually, a standard cord is piled in a 4 x 8-foot stack which could be called a rick. One may also use rick to refer to any other stacked material like hay especially when it is left out in the open to dry.
A rick can also be called face cord and this is not a consistent unit of measurement. The amount of wood in a rick can even vary from place to place. So when you are buying a rick, it pays to keep attention to your purchases. Take time to personally visit a lumber yard to purchase firewood instead of having a rick of wood delivered to your home.
How to buy a rick of wood
Possibly the biggest problem when purchasing a rick of wood is that you don’t really know how much wood you are buying. This is very important because you may never know if the wood you are getting is enough for your needs. But there is a way to find out how much you can get when you buy a rick of wood. If the logs are cut 16 inches long and are stacked at 4 feet high by 8 feet long then you got yourself 1/3 of a cord. A rick would then be a third of a cord.
If you were to cut the same logs at about 24 inches long then you rick would be ½ of a cord. As you can see, the length of the logs impacts the amount of wood that you will get.
So how many firewood pieces are you really getting?
To find out is to measure the stack of wood and the lengths of the logs. In fact, most wood suppliers cut wood 16 inches long. Therefore a typical rick or face cord of firewood is 1/3 of a cord.
Quality of firewood
As with any firewood make sure it is quality hardwood you are buying. If this is not indicated then you must ask the supplier. The wood must also be properly seasoned. Unless you purchase green firewood, the wood you get should be dry enough and all ready to be used.
If you are buying green wood then you must purchase it for a discounted price. This is because this firewood is not ready yet and requires months of seasoning before this can be used.
Hardwoods will take longer to dry while softwoods season quicker. To increase the rate of the drying process, you can split the wood as soon as it gets home to improve surface area. A larger surface area increases the rate of drying by the sun and wind.
The value of a rick of wood is very hard to determine since this is not an official measure for firewood. A rick could mean anything. It could be a stack of firewood which is 1/3 of a cord, more or less. It is not advisable to buy a rick of firewood because you are unsure of how much wood you are actually getting.