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My pickup truck bed vs cord

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Coldfront, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Coldfront

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    Just for the heck of it I measured my pickup truck bed in inches it came out to
    78" x 65" x 22" I entered that into the cord calculator and it came out to exactly 1/2 a cord. I did not take out for the fender wells though.
     
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    Just stack it a bit higher than the bed sides and you'll have enough to get your 1/2 cord. If it's a half ton it may not like that kind of weight.

    My old '81 K20 hauls 1 full cord with sides on and wood stacked to the top of the cab.
     
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    rule of thumb is that a 8' truck bed stack fairly neatly to the top will hold about 1/2 cord. I have a 7' bed on my truck and piled up as high as I could with out side boards and got roughly 1/2 cord..

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    Good information to know. I measured mine when I negotiated a $10/pickup load deal with a guy who has a bunch of logs on his property. I can get 1/3 cord per load. The drawback is it's pretty swampy where the skidder dumped the logs and I need to wheelbarrow the rounds I cut about 100 feet. The upside of the drawback is that I can alternate cutting and loading, which keeps me from tiring as quickly.:clap:
     
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    BTW I have a 2004 Ford F150 with a club cab, the bed is 6' 6" X 5' 5" X 22" = 1/2 cord. But I minus the fender well dimensions 29" X 10" X 7" = 1.17 cubic feet X 2 fenders = 2.34 cubic feet, big deal throw in a couple extra logs. I guess they say if it is cut and split wood stacked tightly in the truck bed it would just be to the top of the box, but if you just toss it in haphazardly you need to stack it as high as the top of the cab like the picture in TJ-Bill's post. That is a lot of stress on the rear springs.
     
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    Take a look at my avatar (Ford Ranger, 6' box). When that load was removed and stacked, it measured 75 cu ft. Note that I have 9" racks on both sides and the back. The wood is mounded up almost cab high.
     
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    I have always found this flyer to be helpful when guessing how much wood a truck will carry....

    It is a pdf that someone posted here awhile ago.
     
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    If your truck is sufficiently manly...

    I suppose dimensions don't matter. I just pulled this from CL:

    I wish I could get "a bit more than a cord" in the bed of my truck too. Especially, without adding any side rails. Can a cord be 8x4xa tapered 3.5, if your truck is cool?
     
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    Hey, I have the same truck!!! I guess I can carry a cool guy cord too! :clap:
     
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    Here is a picture of a 1/2 cord of seasoned hardwood on my shortbed (6 1/2 ft.) Dodge.Note how high the sides are and the plywood up front which is higher than the cab.Every so often we stack a half cord and then through it on the truck.We seem to be consistent.
     
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    I believe everyone on this forum cheats no one. When a customer orders a cord of wood, deliver two pickup truckloads, stacked in the truck and mounded up. No questions asked. Then throw a few more small logs on for good measure and to stabilize the load so that no logs are rocking around loose.

    If the customer complains, do not encourage any further deliveries. You've done your job right. :greenchainsaw:
     
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    true....if i was ever going to buy wood from anyone, i'd be sure to pick any of the guys here in the forum.
     
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    im puttin the sides i made for my 03 2500 ram 8ft bed on the truck tomorrow. im headin out to get a load ill take a pic. thay way you guys can see a cool guy load lol.
     
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    I have to haul tomorrow also. I'll send some pics of a couple of loads. Heck with the truck when someone orders 2 cords put it on the trailer and hit the dump button.

    Scott
     
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    Even if it isnt cool it will hold a cord if stacked as described in a fullsized bed.

    The PU bed is 5 1/2 feet wide inside the bedrails. it is 4 feet wide inside the fenderwells. Thats an extra 1 1/2 feet in width that can come off the heigth.

    8'X5'X3.333' = 133.332 cubic feet. Go a little wider or round the top a bit and you can be extra sure the stack will satisfy the weights and measures guy for a full cord.
     
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    Depending upon weight, I can haul a solid cord to cord and a half with my flatbed.

    bed size is 6'8" x 8' Stacked 30" tall gives me a solid cord. 44" tall gives me a cord and a half :clap:

    Only way I can haul a cord and a half dead standing trees. Green is normally just shy of cord.

    this load here was all 10' log lengths, 36" tall. Thats pushing a hair past 1 1/2 cord, unless Im doing me math wrong :monkey:

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    KSwoodsman I would have to disagree. There is no way you get a full cord into a full size pu bed 5-1/2 feet wide = 65 inches X 8 foot bed = 96 inches X 22 inch high =79.4 cubic feet or .62 cord if stacked carefully and tight to the top of the bed, if you just toss it into the bed the same amount would have to be mounded to the top of the cab roof.
     
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    If you say so, but I'd have to see it stacked off the truck before I'd pay him. I question the "tapered" part of load more than the dimensions of the bed. I could concede the point entirely if it were a load squared off 18" above the bed I suppose but those logs missing from the side and tailgate tapering have to be factored in somewhere. At any rate, by your numbers he's a lot closer than I would have given him credit for.
     
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    One thing I think we'll all agree on is that a "cord" of wood has got to one of the hardest darn measurements to visualize that man has ever created!!!:dizzy:

    P.S. I do know for sure I'm just exaggerating the heck out of it to my buddy's when I pick up my "at least a half a cord of oak" wood scrounge runs!
     
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    Well no, not if you stacked it only 22" high according to your math that is 5/1000's under 5/8 cord in a fullsized PU bed. I gave the dimensions of 8'X5'X3.333' = 133.332 cubic feet. The add stated

    The advertiser wasn't delivering with a half ton. He is stacking it 18" above the bedrails 22" + 18" = 40 inches or 3' 4" or 3.333' of stacked wood in a fullsized bed.

    I am giving up 5 full inches of wood by my math. Actually more since the bed is recessed better than another inch per side below the top. You still have to deduct for the wheelwells but it is less than the 5 inches I deducted from 5'5" to just 5 feet. Get out a tape and do your math. 8 foot bed stacked 3 feet 4 inches high is over 128 cubic feet.

    Maybe what I am invisioning is the way I would stack it on there so there was the least amount of taper but enough that it doesnt fall off as you are cinching up the straps for a secure load. To keep the stack tight it needs a few pieces on top to round it out a bit. Otherwise it pulls the top in and makes the load shift or loosen.

    I can and do put a cord on my truck, more if I dont want to leave some for wood thieves. Whats the big deal ? It doesnt squat, or make the 10 plys look flat, has plenty of suspension travel left. The truck is proven and able plus I don't "crowd the brakes" to stop.

    A cord of wood doesnt have to be a 4'X4'X8' stack. Any tight stack that measures 128 cubic feet is a cord. I stack 16" splits 5'X10' and get 1/2 cord in each stack. I could go 6' by 8' and still get 1/2 a cord in the stack.

    Just so noone thinks I cross the wood or cheat a customer, each piece of stacked wood does have to be parrallel as stated in the true definition of a cord.
     
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