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how many cords of firewood do I have?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by jeana, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. jeana

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    I have a stack of firewood that is 22 feet long,about 4 feet high,and there are are 2 stacks of wood which is about 22 inches long on average,stacked one in front of the other.So I guess what im asking is this;how many cords of wood in a stack that is 22 feet x 4 feet x 44inches.Im switching over to heating oil and would like to sell my wood pile to help with the cost of heating oil.Thanks in advance for any help
     
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    22x4x3.6 /128 =2.52 cords

    just to expand.. a cord is 4'x4'x8' which equals 128 square feet.. so 22'x4'x (44" which is 3.6') equals 316.8

    so divide 128 into 316.8 and you get 2.52
     
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    thanks alot TJ.Also would you agree that there are about 2 pick-up trucks loads of wood in a cord?
     
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    actually it's cubic feet but the numbers are correct. A pick up load of wood is roughly half a cord, yes. Unless it's stacked over the roof...
     
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    Hi & welcome. Why are you switching to oil? A C
     
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    TJ-Bill is correct. That means you probably need at least twice that much to heat your house this winter.

    You said, "I'm switching over to heating oil and would like to sell my wood pile to help with the cost of heating oil."

    That seems to make no sense to me. Nothing adds up. :monkey:
     
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    Opps.... Thanks
     
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    Yes, about two well loaded pickup trucks will be a cord. If you stack each piece and you have a heavy enough truck, it is possible to get a full cord in a pickup bed. A half ton truck is about maxed out weight wise with half a cord, thrown in loosely, and mounded up slightly higher than the tops of the bed rails.
     
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    :agree2::agree2:

    The man nailed it. Figure out Btu to Btu equivalents of wood to oil, even softwoods. You'll never "make it up", no matter how 'low' oil costs.
    Besides, when the power lines are down, wood heats, oil furnaces can't.

    You may need Wood Doc for counseling. :hmm3grin2orange:
     
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    To get a full cord of (oak) firewood in a pickup bed, assuming an 8' bed, you would need to stack it tight about 2.5' straight up past the top of the bed and it would weigh about 3 times the rated payload of the average full size half ton truck. My F150 has a max payload of 1600lbs.

    If the truck has a 6' bed, make that almost 3' above the bed rails. Not rounded, not thrown but stacked straight up square.

    I get nearly 1 cord in my 6' bed stacked level AND my 5x8 trailer stacked 2' deep.

    Ian
     
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    Wood Doctor, sounds like she is switching from wood to oil. Now has no need for the wood so she's selling it, using the money to put towards heating oil. Lots of people switch from wood to oil for lots of reasons. Maybe the old wood burner was done and needed replacing, maybe got tired of neighbours complaining of smoke or worse yet maybe laws changed and no wood burners allowed. Lots of talk around here of owb's being outlawed.
    I burn wood but have electric backup, if I had a smaller more efficient(newer) house it would likely be cheaper for me to heat with electric than wood. I have 10 acres but no wood on the property so I buy all my wood. Lots of people burn around here (country) so free or cheap wood is pretty scarce. If I were to add up all the money I have spent on wood gathering, burning, loading, hauling, cutting and storing things in the last few years my wife would kill me.
    Several chainsaws (6 or7), L35 Kubota, 2 trailers, 2 wood stoves, 2 chimneys, 4 different buckets for tractor, 3 wood splitters, lots of loads of logs and of course all the small stuff like fuel, oil, chains etc. Damn now I'm starting to wonder why I buy wood. I'll have to take pics sometime.
     
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    Sorry to hear about the situation there Cantoo.

    Before we bought this woodland here, all the firewood for heating was scrounged. It has to be a Gestault for the scrounger, a lifestyle or hobby. Some climbing buddies were also pro Arborists dumping unwanted cuts from jobs. Firewood from clearing work ( had to take what they brought .). Wood from local road crews, line trimmers, tops from contractors' jobs. Someone wanted some felling in exchange for some of the wood. It was something to do most of the year very part time in between assignments and postings. Even in the suburbs, there was always wood around.

    The advantages to scrounging ? Many. Exercise. Knowing that all the heat came from a sustainable source, saved some big $$$$, never worry about power outages, keep the place as warm as we wanted. Meeting some nicely weird people.

    Yeah, it takes time, effort. Still worth it.
     

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