Firewood Cord: Three Things You Should Know

What’s better than sitting by a toasty fire, under the stars or in the comfort of your own home surrounded by your family and friends? It’s one of the most relaxing moments we tend to take for granted. Creating a great fire is something we have been doing since we first discovered fire over 600,000 years ago. But having the right wood for the job is highly important. Before you start, here are three things you should know about buying cords of firewood:

Buying Firewood

Before you head out and chop down wood or buy from any online merchant, you should be aware of the laws and what your buying. There are different ways of buying firewood, you can purchase it in smaller bags or boxes, but if you want to buy in larger quantities, there are legal and illegal ways people are allowed to sell you firewood. Legal units of measurement for wood include stacked cubic metre, the cubic foot,  and the cord.

What is a Cord of Firewood?

A cord of firewood is the term and measurement most people generally use when buying and selling wood. If you’re not sure how a cord of wood looks like, it’s important to recognize that a firewood cord or full cord, should measure 4 feet wide x 4 feet high x 8 feet long and is 128 cubic feet in volume. This the Canadian government’s official standard for all delivered quantities of wood which is regulated by the Weights and Measures Act and Regulations and administered by Measurement Canada.

The Quality of The Wood

Depending on where you’re buying the wood from, there may be no real guarantees on the quality of that wood that you buy. Don’t risk getting taken advantage, it’s always best to buy from a reputable and professional business, such as Van Beek’s Garden Supplies.

No matter whom you buy your wood from, take the time to ensure that the wood has been fully dried or seasoned. For firewood to be properly seasoned, it should contain moisture levels less than 20 percent.  Firewood with higher levels of moisture will still burn but it won’t burn well, making it more difficult to keep the fire going.

Depending on how you use the wood, consider splitting firewood to your specifications. If you’re using it for a small wood stove or fireplace, ask to have it split into smaller pieces. For campfires or larger stoves keep them larger for a better and longer burn.

Firewood Cord Delivery

A stacked cubic metre, cubic foot or cord of wood is a large amount of wood, so it’s a good idea to have it delivered. Remember, when your firewood  arrives measure it beforehand to ensure you’re receiving the correct amount. It’s also recommended to ask for a receipt that indicates the seller’s name or business, the quantity and type of firewood, address, telephone and price paid.

If you’re looking for great firewood selection, quality and prices then visit Van Beek’s Garden Supplies! With our next day delivery, you can have the best hickory, cherry, birch, mixed blend or oak delivered right to your home. Contact us or call 1-866-843-7616 for your firewood cord delivery!