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How many pieces of wood in a cord?

Discussion in 'Stickies' started by kas7227, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. kas7227

    kas7227 ArboristSite Lurker

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    A friend of mine asked me "about how many pieces of wood are there in a cord"? I've never thought about it or bothered counting .I know the number would vary depending on how large or small the pieces are, but what do you think the average is?
     
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    that would be a hard number to come up with. it could vary so much.
     
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    Same as the number of jellybeans in a gallon jug.

    But seriously, the number would vary so much from woodstack to woodstack. Someone with an OWB would have many fewer pieces than stove/insert folks since they're burning such big pieces.

    I'm on the far other end of the spectrum with my wood cookstove with its small firebox requiring small pieces.
     
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    My guess: Somewhere around 1400 pieces.
     
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    That would be 466 pieces in a face cord? Doubt it unless you are splitting them really small.

    I would say 100 to 150 pieces to a face or 300 to 450 for a full cord.
     
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    Thanks for the legit answer Todd. 300-400 makes more sence.
     
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    My dad and I actually count the pieces when we throw a short load of wood on. We split a bit smaller the average. For us a "face cord" has an average of 325-330 pieces. So a true cord is 975-990. We throw on 1050 pieces when loading a cord to deliver. We always have 50-60 pieces left.

    Scott
     
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    I've delivered 1000's of cords; we cut 16" and split 4-5" diameter average. We load almost all by hand, and I've counted lots (to keep the brain occupied during mind-numbing labor) the answer is:








    600!!!!!! (for our size pieces in a 128 cubic foot well-stacked cord.
     
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    Now I am going to have to go count. Anybody have a pic of a facecord?
     
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    Those numbers sound low to me.

    I do split small. Get a lot better effeciency that way and I don't need large pieces to hold a nice fire all night.

    I just went out and counted... 39 pieces in a stack 4' high x 1' long.
    39 x 32 = 1248 pieces.

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    39 x 8 = 312 x 3= 936

    ahhhh...i see what happened: you counted a full cord as being 4 rows deep...i counted it as being 3 rows. i mistook your "1 foot long" as being the number of wood counted in a 1 foot section, 4 feet high.
     
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    450 a full cord tom trees
     
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    Oops...

    Should have been 39 pieces x 24'.

    Thanks for the math lesson. Although, you left room for me to have a save.;)

    My pieces are between 14 1/2" and 16" long. So the 3 row rule should have applied in my example.
     
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    lol...read my amendment. you were still correct.
     
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    No, No, Thank You!

    That's funny. I ammended also and you are correct.:blush:
     
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    Take a look at this:
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    I used a few averages and that the air void would drop down as the logs got bigger. Please discuss. I can revise the spreadsheet as we see fit as a group.
     
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    How many pieces of wood in a full cord ?

    The biggest question is , Green or dried ? Believe it or not , a stacked cord of green wood dried down to 15 - 20 % moisture content will shrink roughly 8 %.
     
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    There, just had to say it
     
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    Sorry for the missing spreadsheet. Let's see if this one works:

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    These numbers might be a tad high. In my case, I usually figure 500 logs in a full cord when stacked. However, many woodburners split to larger logs than I do, and I must admit that I split smaller logs for campfire bundles.
     

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