Warming up in front of your fireplace with your family is aesthetically pleasing. The warm heat of the burning wood matched with the downpour of the snow outside is an experience worth having. However, buying firewood for your fireplace is something that you need to be careful of.
During peak season, towering prices can be seen everywhere as demand of bundled logs increases. It’s not a big deal if you only use firewood for once a year (especially winter). But for those people that uses firewood more often since it is the source of heat for their home, then this is a serious matter that needs to be looked upon. If you are that person, then here are some tips for you in purchasing firewood.
Knowing a Cord of Wood
- If you’re living in a cave and doesn’t know what a cord of wood is, then let me quickly explain to you what it is. A cord of wood is basically a stacked pile of firewood that measures up to 4 ft. X 4 ft. X 8 ft. It takes around 128 cubic feet even though the measurement includes the spaces in between each wood.
- Not including these spaces in between is equal to 90 cubic feet of wood in a cord. The weight of a cord of wood varies on the type of wood that is being used. If it is hardwood, then it’s going to weigh about 5,000 pounds. For softwood, on the other hand, only weighs around 2,500 pounds. And it’s up to you which one will you pick.
Before You Buy
- Several things must be put into consideration when purchasing a cord of wood. Purchasing a “full cord” is not ideal. That kind would never fit into your fireplace in the first place. You may want to opt on getting a “face cord” instead.
- So what is this face cord that we are talking about? A face cord is different from a full chord. Although they measure the same such as being 4 ft. high and 8 ft. long, the difference lies on the pieces in a face cord. This means it is only 16’’ long which makes them usable and are able to fit into a fireplace nicely.
The Price of a Cord
- Few different factors come into play when talking about pricing for a cord of wood. The first one, being supply and demand. The lesser the demand the lower the price. However, if demand go skyrocketing, then expect for prices to be higher than usual especially in winter.
- Second factor is the type of wood that is used. If it is hardwood, it will cost higher since it is the “better” wood compared to softwood. Firewood burns longer which makes it a bang for your buck despite its hefty price tag.
- On the other hand, we have the softwood which burns quickly compared to hardwood. Which means your cord of wood will be out of supply quickly, forcing yourself to buy another one. Thus, making it less efficient although cheaper.
- Summing it up, a cord of wood can range up to $200 up to $500 depending on the type of wood. If you ever buy wood from another source and not on your local wood shop, then shipping fee may add to the cost. So it’s up to you to make the decision on which wood do you prefer and where you want to purchase it.
More Important Tips for You
- Inspect the wood before buying. Ensuring the quality of a product will make you not to regret your decision later on.
- Only buy from a trusted and reputable source. If you buy it from someone that you know nothing about, then high chances of being scammed is possible.
- Avoid making deals through the telephone. It’s best to make the deal personally so you can see the product before purchasing it. Making deals with knowing little to nothing at all to the said product is something that you don’t want to happen.
- Lastly, opt for hardwood instead of softwood. Despite its costly price tag, its build quality and endurance can last long compared to softwood. Making it more efficient and you can actually say that your money is really worth it. Trust us, your fireplace will thank you later.