Cord of wood dimensions will be different if the wood is not stacked. In a loose pile, wood pieces will be more random so they will take up more space than pieces stacked together tightly. It's hard to get an accurate measurement with a heaping pile but consider around 180 cubic feet for the cord of wood dimensions of unstacked wood.
What is a cord of wood?
It measures four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long (4 ft. x 4 ft. x 8 ft.) and has a volume of 128 cubic feet. The amount of solid wood in a cord varies depending on the size of the pieces, but for firewood it averages about 85 cubic feet.
How to stack firewood in a fireplace
The best way to stack wood in a fireplace for a fire is pretty simple. First, gather the kindling in the middle, you can even use rolled up newspaper. Next, stack your wood in a perpendicular formation. Place two logs next to the kindling, then stack two more (you can use more) on top and perpendicular to them. Make sure to keep plenty of space between them to maximize oxygen flow, which is essential to a good fire. If you are adding a third level, make sure they are a bit closer together for each level up. It’s doubtful your fireplace can handle anything larger than that.
How should you stack firewood for storage
To begin, know that you should only stack your rows no higher than 4 feet. If you have firewood that isn't fully seasoned, stack it bark-side down so moisture can evaporate. On the other hand, if you're firewood has already aged, you can stack them bark-side up to shield from rain or snow.
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