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Posted by Steve Ackman on January 22, 2009, 4:42 am
  Someone might have typed at some time in some message
on some date:

  Two years ago I bought a "cord" of wood.  The problem
with a cord is that the wood must be stacked.  Stacking
is not only inexact, but labor intensive, so some wood
sellers opt for a larger volume of piled wood.  The cord
I got two years ago was delivered in a 4'x6'x8' dump
body; the center of the pile extending even higher than
the 4' sides.  I didn't have any more desire to stack it
than did the vendor, but I can guarantee that if I had,
it would have been a generous cord indeed.  Sometimes
"usually" units are simply more convenient for the seller,
and more valuable to the buyer.

  A face cord of 24" lengths is stacked.  It's a half
cord.  A face cord of 16" lengths is likewise stacked,
and is 1/3 cord.  

  Yes, completely daft to anyone who doesn't buy or
sell firewood... but certainly no more daft than using
a BBS to post to Usenet in the 21st century.

Posted by Neon John on January 22, 2009, 4:44 pm
On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 23:42:00 -0500, Steve Ackman

I got screwed royally on a deal like that 2 years ago.  A weekender up
here who has a tree service offered me "a dump truck load" of wood for
$50. (wood sells around here for $0-100 a cord)  He has a tree
service and had had his dump truck up here before.  It is a regular
medium sized construction dump truck.  It didn't look THAT  much
smaller so I let him dump it.

When friendly local teenager and I got it stacked, it measured 1.5
cords.  I was reamed.  I knew better too.  I know how much wood can be
"fluffed up" by random piling.  

the wheel turns and now he needs some RV repairs.  Hehehe.


Posted by The Tagge's on January 22, 2009, 9:53 pm
 I have heard that th"face cord" is a pile of wood that is 4 foot by 8 foot,
without specifying the depth.  Thus a 4x8 sheet of 1/4 plywood qualifies.

Posted by clare on January 23, 2009, 12:10 am

A face cord is 4X8X16" (stove length) and is 1/3 of a bush cord -
which is 4X4X8 feet. and is defined by Canadian Weights and Measures.

Posted by harry k on January 23, 2009, 4:59 am
 On Jan 22, 4:10pm, cl...@snyder.on.ca wrote:

I seriously doubt that there is a _legal_ definition of a face cord.
Could you post a cite?

Harry K

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