Frequently Asked Questions

What is a cord of firewood?

A full cord measures 4 feet high, 4 feet deep, and 8 feet high.

How much firewood do I need?

A good estimate is 2-3 cords of firewood for every 1,000 square feet (of your home). However, the amount you need also depends on how often you want to use your wood-burning stove or fireplace and how efficient your stove or fireplace is.

What is a face cord?

This is only ⅓ of a cord.

What is "green" wood?

This is recently-cut wood that has more moisture content and therefore produces fewer BTUs (British thermal units) or less heat than seasoned wood does.

What is seasoned wood?

This is firewood that has had a chance to dry. This wood burns longer and produces more heat. It has a higher BTU.

What is BTU and why is it important?

British thermal units measure the level of heat wood gives off when it burns. You want wood with high BTU that has had enough time to season. Usually, this takes anywhere from 3-12 months.

Does hardwood burn better than softwood does?

Yes, because it is denser and has a higher BTU level than softwood does.