Due to the last 2 winters being warmer and wetter than normal, the logging contractors were not able to bring out the volumes of wood as they have in past years. As a result, we are now paying $20 a cord more for our logs, which unfortunately, we have to pass through to our customers. 2020 pricing is as follows:
Green – $255
Seasoned – $315
We also do not have as much wood due to lack of supply so be sure to order early!!
**The wood that we get from our suppliers consists of oak, maple, white birch, yellow birch, beech and ash. We will never sell you aspen or poplar or any soft woods such as pine or fur. Our delivery to you may consist of all one species or a mixture of the above mentioned hardwoods.
All measurements for a cord of wood are the same – aren’t they?
Not true. There can be a very significant difference in the quantity of wood you actually get depending on whether your provider uses a “stacked” or “loose” cord. When a cord is in a loose, jumbled pile, the logs take up more volume than they would in an organized or stacked cord, which means that the same 128 cubic feet can actually contain a lot less wood.
At GOT WOOD? we deliver loose cords measured to 180 cubic feet. Why the extra 40%? To make sure you get a full stacked cord for your money.
What’s the difference between green wood and seasoned firewood?
Water and fire are a bad combination, which is why when it comes to firewood, you don’t want moisture getting into the mix. Green wood – wood that has been freshly cut and is not yet completely dried – contains significantly more water than seasoned wood, which has been stacked and air dried for at least six months. Between cutting down a tree and reaching the end of the seasoning process, about 2000 to 2500 lbs of water will have been evaporated out of a single cord of wood. That brings the moisture content of the wood down to about 25%. Seasoned wood is between 25% and 38% moisture content. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the drier your wood, the more BTU it’ll give you.
Why is hardwood so much better to burn than softwood?
Hardwood comes from deciduous trees – those that lose their leaves every year – while softwood comes from needle-bearing trees such as pine or spruce. You may have seen cords of softwood advertised at lower prices, which can be tempting to budget-conscious shoppers. But hardwood has an advantage over softwood when it comes to burning in several ways. First of all, it naturally has a lower moisture content. It’s also more dense than softwood, which gives it a higher potential energy. Softwood also tends to produce far more smoke and can lead to creosote buildup and an increased risk of chimney fire.
What’s the difference between a cord and a “truck load” of wood?
Measuring wood by the truck load can be misleading. A cord of wood should measure 4’ by 4’ by 8’ stacked. Most pick-up truck beds hold only a half to two-thirds of that amount. If you’ve ordered a cord of wood, it should be delivered in either a dump truck or a standard pick-up truck with a high-sided bed. If that’s not what pulls in your driveway, you may be getting less than you bargained for.
BTUs, or British Thermal Units, measure the heat of combustion. Even among the same species, different chunks of firewood are going to burn hotter than others, depending on how dry they are and the conditions under which they grew. These numbers are intended as a rough comparison. They are measured in millions of BTUs per cord, which is a stack of firewood 4 feet high, 4 feet wide, and 8 feet long.
Moisture content is more important than tree species when planning for wood heat. Wood that has dried properly will almost always burn hotter than wood that still has moisture in it, because much of the heat energy is used to evaporate the remaining water. Try to stack your firewood about a year in advance so that it has time to completely dry. You’ll get more heat out of your investment if you do. Half a year is often adequate, but in our experience, it can take a while to build up a supply, so plan to be ready a year in advance if you can. Even small logs will dry (and burn) better if split and given time to dry. Covering your stacked firewood isn’t necessary, but it will help, as well.
After your fire’s been burning for a while, you’re left with a bed of hot coals. When cooking over an open fire, coals provide steady, consistent heat — this is why ‘charcoal’ is so popular. When you burn wood, you can make your own coals to cook with. Usually, denser hardwoods will yield coals that burn hotter, longer-lived coals than softer, less dense woods.
Learn more about the best wood for burning in Choosing a Wood-Burning Stove for Your Home.
|Wood||Million BTUs/Cord||Smoky||Sparky||Ease of Starting||Ease of Splitting||Coaling||Aroma||bls/ft3+/-5||Cord Weight (pounds) Dry|
|Cedar, Eastern Red||17.5||Moderate||Many||Excellent||Easy||Poor||Excellent||26||2632|
|Cedar, Western Red||20||Moderate||Many||Excellent||Easy||Poor||Excellent||20||2000|
|Maple, Soft or Red||18.7||No||No||Yes||Moderate||29||2924|
|Pine, Eastern White||14.3||Moderate||Moderate||Excellent||Easy||Poor||Good||22||2236|
|Pine, White Western||14.3||Moderate||Moderate||Excellent||Easy||Good||22||2236|