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Have you ever heard the words “cord,” “face,” “rack,” “throw” or “rick” before? These terms are often used when buying wood. The cord is the most widely recognized unit for buying firewood. You can buy a cord, half a cord or a quarter of a cord of firewood.
But for informal firewood dealings, a rick of firewood is usually used. A rick is not widely recognized but if you find a supplier that sells firewood by the rick, this guide will help you understand what it is.
A rick is a term used in informal dealings and is not a basic measure of firewood. This is simply a way to describe an amount of firewood or a pile of firewood. Suppliers use the term rick to make quick deals and sell their firewood fast.
You may also call Rick a face cord and this is not a consistent unit of measurement. The amount of wood in a rick is different from place to place.
However, buying a rick can pose a huge problem. You can never really tell how much wood or how many firewoods you are getting. So to answer the question; it is impossible to tell how many firewoods or how large a rick of wood is unless you talk to a supplier.
Ways to measure a rick of wood
A cord is a standard way to measure firewood. It measures 4 feet x 4 feet x 8 feet, or 128 cubic feet. A standard cord is piled a 4 feet x 8 feet stack and this can be called a rick. You can also use a rick to refer to any kind of stacked material as well.
If you are buying a rick it’s best to buy this personally so you would know how much you are getting. And although firewood delivery by phone is indeed very efficient to make sure that you are ordering wood from a trusted supplier.
Guide in buying a rick of wood
So how do you purchase a rick of wood then? Because you don’t really have any idea how much wood you are getting you to need to rely on a few techniques to purchase a rick.
If the logs are cut about 16 inches long and are piled 4 feet high by 8 feet long then you have 1/3 of a cord. The rick you will buying will be a third of a cord.
Therefore the best way to find out the measure of a rick of wood is to measure the lengths of the logs. If you have a lot of time in your hands, you can count the logs as well. This is a good way to know if the logs you are going to take home will be enough to last all season.
Maintain the quality of firewood
Buy firewood only from a supplier that you can trust. Develop a good seller-buyer relationship with a reliable supplier and you got the first step started. You must also make sure that the rick of firewood you are buying is from the best type of wood to burn. If this is not indicated then you must ask your supplier.
The wood you are buying should also be properly seasoned unless you are buying green wood. Your firewood should be dry enough and ready to be used once you get home.
Take note that green wood needs to be seasoned thoroughly to be used as fire, therefore, this is not ready once you get home. Green wood should be sold for a discounted price.
Keep in mind that hardwoods will take longer to dry sometimes even more than a year to fully reach its seasoned state. However, softwoods season quicker but burn very quickly as well.
You can increase the seasoning time by splitting firewood. Splitting will improve the surface area of wood and therefore more area will be exposed to the sun and wind thus wood will take quicker to dry.
It is quite hard to determine the size of a rick of wood simply because there is no specific measurement for a rick. A rick is simply an informal term to describe a pile of wood. ½ a cord could be a rick and so thus 1/3 of a cord.