How much does a cord of wood weigh. A cord of wood is a common measurement and a full cord of firewood weighs approximately 4,000 pounds.
The amount one can carry in the back of their pickup truck will vary depending on how wet or green the logs are. Typically, there are 128 cubic feet in a “face cord” which weighs about 2,400 lbs.
However, when buying your own firewood from our site it’s good to know that all of ours is seasoned pr kiln dried with no water left inside and must be picked up by the customer within 30 days from the delivery date with their own Certified Truck/Tractor-Trailer to get the advertised price.
How much does a cord of wood weigh
It depends on several factors how much a cord of wood weighs. It is important to take into account the type of wood and whether the wood is dry or not, as well as how long the wood has been piled up and what kind of environment it was in before it was dumped here. Standard cords of wood weigh anywhere from 2000 to 3000 pounds.
Changing volumes into weights
To convert volume to weight, you need to know how much each thing weighs, and then you can calculate the greatest common factor between them.
If one cup of water always has a volume of 8 ounces regardless of the ingredients that are added, and if one cup of flour varies depending on exactly what was added.
it might hold 6 1/2 ounces with raisins (dried grapes), but only 4 1/2 ounces other times – then you would have to create a conversion chart using this same kind of calculation for every ingredient.
The most accurate way to figure out what is being converted, therefore, is by starting with as many similar units as possible.
Dry Seasoned Cord Weight
In the United States and Canada, more than a cord is often sold as a face cord. A face cord is normally stated in terms of volume.
It is typically 4 by 8 feet (1.2 by 2.4m) high and it contains about 1 to 3 cubic yards or 0.7 to 2.1 cubic meters of firewood (sometimes offered in fractions of a “rake” which has a volume of 1/3 of a full face-cord).
This tends to be much less than the conventional full cord due to air space between pieces of wood that may accumulate onto the measured area during stacking, especially when there are large gaps between logs when this stack has been raked into rows for drying purposes (and the raking creates more gaps).
Cords of Wet Wood
The Engineering ToolBox has a table that shows specific densities of green and seasoned wood, with weights per cord for many species.
Take alder, for example, this shows a significant difference in weight between dry and green wood; it weighs 2218 pounds/cord when dry but 3640 pounds/cord when green.
You can multiply the dry wood weight by 1.5 to find the average increase in weight from cutting logs one to two years prior.
Soft maple is 2640 pounds/cord when dry but 3950 pounds/cord green; red oak is 3350 pounds/cord dry and 4886 pounds/cord green.
Weights of various types of oak
The white oak is the heaviest grouping of oak trees, weighing in at around 5580 pounds when it’s still green. It’s so heavy that its weight easily earns it a seat at the table of the heaviest hardwoods in the world.
The white oak is still significantly heavy when dry, weighing roughly 4210 pounds.
Bur Oak is the second heaviest of all the classification with an estimated weight of 4970 pounds when it’s still green. When it dries, weighing slightly under 4000 pounds.
Pin oaks and red oaks. Both of these species are the second lightest oak, weighing roughly 4890 pounds when still green and about 4000 pounds when fully dried.
Weights for different types of pine
When it comes to weight there are a lot of factors that play into it, one of the more prevalent of which is water. Softwoods get much heavier when they become soaked with water and even after they dry out.
More importantly, wood’s weight before drying depends on how big the tree itself was by comparison to others.
For example ponderosa pine, which happens to be one of the heaviest pines per board foot when wet weighs in at around 2590 pounds while green.
However, as soon as it dries, its weight drops down to roughly 2340 and below depending on how big the tree was originally compared to other trees of its species in general.
Jackpine for instance is second on this list at about 3205 pounds per green board foot but quickly falls off and ranks third once dried at 2433 pounds making it by far the lightest in comparison due to it being one of the smallest among its peers weighing only about 1369 lb/ft3 when dry.