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Q: What is a Cord of wood, and how many Face Cords are in a cord? And what the heck's a Rick? Every wood seller I call says something different.
A cord of wood is defined as a tightly stacked rectangle measuring 4' tall x 4' wide x 8' long, or 128 cubic feet (4 x 4 x 8 = 128). The usual configuration is three rows of 16" lengths, each row measuring 4' tall x 8' long. Two rows of 24" lengths would also constitute a cord, as would four rows of 12" lengths, or one row of 48" lengths. In states that regulate firewood sales, the cord, or fractions thereof, is the only measurement allowed to be used for the sale of firewood.
A face cord of 12" lengths would
A face cord of 16" lengths would
A face cord of 24" lengths would
Hey, a face cord of 48" lengths
===========================================================================I'm from Oregon, and around here a rick is 1/3 of a cord. Been selling it that way for 45 years, 3 ricks to a cord
===========================================================================Thanks for your great explanation of cords, face cords, and ricks. Just thought you'd be interested to know that here in rural Missouri, many people call a rick, a "rank". Not sure if it's because of the Missouri twang accent, ignorance, or a combo of both being passed down from generation to generation.