Wood for Fuel Measurements

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NOTICE TO BUYERS OF WOOD FOR FUEL PURPOSES

To insure buying full-measure wood, the following suggestions are offered:

  1. When buying wood, check with friends and neighbors to see if the dealer has a good reputation.
  2. Contact the County Treasurer Department to see if the dealer has a business license.
  3. Purchase wood in cord units or fractions thereof; do not buy wood by the load.
  4. When delivery of the wood is made, inspect the wood before it is unloaded to see if it meets the specifications you ordered.
  5. If it is stacked on the delivery truck, measure the wood before it is unloaded.  If it is delivered on a pickup truck , remember to discount the areas taken up by the fender wells.  (A CORD OF WOOD IS 128 CU. FT. WELL-STOWED.)
  6. Never pay for more wood than is present.  Always ask for a sales invoice, delivery ticket or receipt.

If you feel you have been shorted on your firewood purchase, please contact this office immediately at  (209) 223-6831 or by emailDo not use any of the wood until inspected by this office in order to verify the amount.

The following is a schedule of frames wherein wood is usually piled, and their dimensions are calculateded to contain one-half cord, or 64 cubic feet.

     12 inch wood, dimension of frame, 4 feet high by 16 feet long.
     14 inch wood, dimension of frame, 4 feet high by 13 feet 9 inches long.
     16 inch wood, dimension of frame, 4 feet high by 12 feet long.
     18 inch wood, dimension of frame, 4 feet high by 10 feet 8 inches long.
     20 inch wood, dimension of frame, 4 feet high by 9 feet 7 inches long.
     22 inch wood, dimension of frame, 4 feet high by 8 feet 9 inches long.
     24 inch wood, dimension of frame, 4 feet high by 8 feet long.  

     The wood must be well stowed.

How to Measure a Load of Wood

 

How much is a cord of wood?
A standard cord is a well-stacked
pile that measures 4 ft. by 4 ft. by 8 ft.            
(or 128 cubic feet of wood).

Use the chart below to estimate
how much firewood your truck can
carry.

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TRUCK TYPE BED SIZE

MAXIMUM
VOLUME*
(Cubic Feet)

CORD SIZE
(Approx.)

Mini 6 ft.x 1 1/2 ft.x 4 3/4 ft. 37.25 30%
Mini (loaded cab high) 6 ft.x 3 ft.x 4 3/4 ft. 80 60%
Mini Longbed 8 ft.x 1 1/2 ft.x 4 3/4 ft.    51.5 40%
Mini Longbed (loaded cab high) 8 ft.x 3 ft.x 4 3/4 ft. 108.5 85%
1/2 Ton or 3/4 Ton 6 ft.x 2 ft.x 4 1/2 ft. 48.5 40%
1/2 Ton or 3/4 Ton (loaded cab high) 6 ft.x 4 ft.x 4 1/2 ft. 102.5 80%
1/2 to 3/4 Ton Longbed 8 ft.x 2 1/2 ft.x 5 ft. 94.5 75%
1/2 to 3/4 Ton Longbed (loaded cab high)        8 ft.x 4 ft.x 5 ft.      154.5                   120%

 

* 5.5 Cubic feet allowance made for wheelwells