ⓘ Face cord. A face cord is an informal measurement for stacked firewood, sometimes called a rick. Width and height is typically the same as a cord, but the depth ..

                                     

ⓘ Face cord

A face cord is an informal measurement for stacked firewood, sometimes called a rick.

Width and height is typically the same as a cord, but the depth can vary. The front face is the same as a cord 4x8, hence the name. The depth is generally commonly 16" for use in residential fireplaces but can be anything from 12 inches to 32 inches.

This results in a volume of 32 to 85 cubic feet. Several states only allow wood to be sold by the cord or fractions of a cord, to avoid confusion among consumers.

The wood should be stacked "racked and well stowed" – meaning stacked so that the wood is parallel, and air gaps are minimized. It should not be cross-stacked alternating directions, as this adds considerable empty space to the stack.

                                     

1. Common volumes for a face cord

4 feet x 8 feet x 12 inches = 1/4 cord 32 cubic feet

4 feet x 8 feet x 16 inches = 1/3 cord 42.66 cubic feet

4 feet x 8 feet x 24 inches = 1/2 cord 64 cubic feet, 1.8 cubic meters

4 feet x 8 feet x 32 inches = 2/3 cord 85 cubic feet

                                     
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