Wood is one of the most used and most flexible types of natural materials known to man.
Everyday, millions of tons of wood are harvested, bought, and sold around the world.
Dealing in these huge volumes means it’s essential to be able to measure wood quantities in easy-to-understand measurements, such as a cord, half-cord, and rick.
That leads us to the question of how much does a cord of wood weigh?
A cord of wood weighs approximately 4,000 pounds, depending on the type of wood and how much moisture the wood contains.
A cord of wood is too much to fit into the bed of a pickup.
Typical Full Cord Weights For Different Kinds Of Wood
- Green Ash – 4,184 pounds
- Cherry – 3,696 pounds
- Elm – 4,456 pounds
- Sugar Maple – 4,685 pounds
- Red Oak – 4,888 pounds
- Pine – 3,600 pounds
- Spruce – 2,800 pounds
- Sycamore – 5,096 pounds
- Walnut – 4,584 pounds
- Eastern Red Cedar – 2,950 pounds
How Much Does A Half Cord Of Wood Weigh?
The weight of a half cord depends on the type of wood and the amount of moisture content it has.
With that in mind, a half cord can weigh anywhere between 1,400 to 2,500 pounds (635 to 1,133 kg), on average.
A half cord of wood measures 2 feet tall by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long or 4 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet, which is equivalent to 64 cubic feet.
This means it can just about fit into an 8-foot long pickup truck.
How Big Is A Cord Of Wood?
A cord of wood is an official measurement and contains a pile of firewood that measures 4 feet wide by 4 feet high by 8 feet long or 128 cubic feet of wood.
What Is A Rick Of Wood?
A rick of wood, or face cord as it is also called, is the term used to describe how a cord of wood is stacked. It usually measures 4 feet by 8 feet or 32 square feet.
~ Fun Fact ~
Willow trees can actually talk to each other. When a willow tree is being attacked by insects it emits a chemical signal to trees that are nearby, which gives them the opportunity to secrete more tannin that will aid in driving away the insects.