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Old 02-02-2011, 01:55 PM
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I just found out what a "face cord" meant. Ya ya... I know - Damn City Boy.

I have a small wood pile from a neighbors tree that we removed last summer but it's nearly gone. It really wasn't dry enough but it burns ok.

Now I need to either buy some wood to split myself (rent a splitter for a day) or buy it pre-split and delivered. I found a guy on CL selling 16-19" long face cords for $50 per, if you buy 4 minimum. I'm thinking $200.00 for four FC's is ok to save me the time and expense doing it myself. What are your thoughts?

Take into account that I do not have a truck, trailer, chainsaw or splitter of my own and would have to borrow / rent to cut & split.

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That seems to be a reasonable price...delivered...I travel around the state a good bit and see it ranging from 40-65/FC...you haul it.
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A full-cord is 4' X 4' X 8'. A face-cord is usually 4' X 8' X whatever length the wood was cut commonly 24". If the wood was cut to 24" then it is 1/2 cord [4' X 2' X 8']

In this area a cord sells for $150 to $220. A 1/2 cord would likely be $75 to $110

However if these were cut to 16" then instead of being 1/2 cord it would actually be 1/3 cord [4' X 16" X 8']. So $50 to $74 would be right.

When buying cord wood we commonly see 4 or 5 cord minimums, few people will mess with fractions of a cord.
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You also need to consider what species of wood. If it's a good dry oak or other hardwood, that's superior to some pine or other softwood.

You also want to know what "delivered" means. Does it mean dumped in a pile in your driveway, or stacked where you want it to be stacked?

I'm betting the former...
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Around here they sell pickup truck loads delivered and stacked for $100. That's about $50 cheaper than usual because everyone is out of work and selling firewood.

I have been burning wood for twenty years. I buy tandem dump truck loads of hardwood logs for two hundred dollars and cut them up and split them on my splitter. A tandem load is good for over a winters worth of heat. A good wood heater is worth it's weight in gold. I have a Mama Bear heater that will put you to sleep if you sit to close
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From everyone's replies, so far, I'm thinking that the $200 for four delivered FC's is on par. I'm ok with the driveway delivery. I'll get it down behind the house myself. If there wasn't 24 inches of snow, with the drifts going even higher, I'd ask then to just drive down my side yard and dump it at the bottom. Then I could just walk it the last 30 feet to the spot I want to stack it. I'll make sure it's hardwood and where they're willing to drop it, then maybe go for it. My wife is starting to really like the fireplace, so I doubt I'll get much flack about the expense. A wood stove would be good but our fireplace is built off the floor by a foot.
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Check with your state department of agriculture to see what the legal definition of a cord of wood is and make sure that is what you are paying for.

Here in Georgia it is 4-feet wide ... 4-feet high and 8-feet long with small gaps between the wood pieces.

Here in North Georgia $100-150/cord stacked is average. Some charge $200-250 down in Atlanta. Pays to shop around. Plenty of wood here and plenty of people to buy from.

Here is Georgia's definition of cord wood size:

http://warnell.forestry.uga.edu/serv...004/node6.html

Here is Minnesota's definition of cord wood size:

http://www.state.mn.us/mn/externalDo...ngFirewood.pdf

Here are ads for firewood with prices from the Georgia state agriculture department newsletter:

http://www.agr.state.ga.us/mbads/Ads...CategoryID=469

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All firewood advertised in the Market Bulletin must be cut from the advertiser's personally owned property. In addition, by law, terms such as face cord, rack, pile, truckload, etc., cannot be used to advertise firewood. Advertisers must use the standard unit of measure, the cord, when specifying the amount of firewood for sale.
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Check with your state department of agriculture to see what the legal definition of a cord of wood is and make sure that is what you are paying for....
He was not asking about a full-cord, rather a one-third of a cord.
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He was not asking about a full-cord, rather a one-third of a cord.
Nit picky details. Sheesh.

I was just trying to give ALL here resources on what the various terms referring to cord wood are and their respective sizes.

BTW, I can read sir (I KNOW he was referring to a one-tird cord) and resent your rejoinder. Unnecessarily hostile.
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I did not intend any insult.

On forums it seems to me at times that folks may not understand that when some are using the term 'cord' they mean a third of a cord.

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A full-cord is 4' X 4' X 8'. A face-cord is usually 4' X 8' X whatever length the wood was cut commonly 24". If the wood was cut to 24" then it is 1/2 cord [4' X 2' X 8']

In this area a cord sells for $150 to $220. A 1/2 cord would likely be $75 to $110

However if these were cut to 16" then instead of being 1/2 cord it would actually be 1/3 cord [4' X 16" X 8']. So $50 to $74 would be right.

When buying cord wood we commonly see 4 or 5 cord minimums, few people will mess with fractions of a cord.
All my life I have called that a "rick". Usually about $50-65 here.
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The price seems reasonable in our area some of the better hard woods like oak are in the 300.00 range .it will cost you more to in time and equipment purchase/rental to do it yourself

BTU ratings of woods

http://firewoodresource.com/firewood-btu-ratings/
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Half Cords here are about 65-75 bucks.

However I found a place that sells them for 40.00. I even talked them into going lower if I buy in bulk. 30.00 a half cord.
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Last I noticed was this past fall. $50 for a full sized pickup bed of oak split, but not seasoned. Around Madison, Ga.
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