Buy­ing fire­wood? Don’t get burned

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What is a “face cord?”

A face cord is a stack of fire­wood 4 feet tall by 8 feet long. The stan­dard length of each piece is 16 inches.

A bush cord or full cord or cord, is a stack of fire­wood 4 feet tall by 8 feet long by 4 feet deep.

Mea­sure­ment Canada rec­om­mends that the use of the cord as a unit of mea­sure­ment be dis­con­tin­ued, as it is largely misun­der­stood and of­ten mis­used by peo­ple sell­ing fire­wood. For ex­am­ple, some sellers use il­le­gal terms such as "face cord", "stove cord", "apart­ment cord", "fur­nace cord" and "short cord" to re­fer to a quan­tity smaller than 128 cu­bic feet. Such terms fre­quently lead to con­fu­sion about the ac­tual quan­tity of fire­wood be­ing sold.

To avoid any con­fu­sion about the amount of fire­wood pur­chased or sold, Mea­sure­ment Canada rec­om­mends the use of the stacked cu­bic me­tre when pur­chas­ing or sell­ing bulk fire­wood.

Get what you paid for

Ask for the fire­wood to be de­liv­ered stacked in the truck so that you can mea­sure it be­fore it is un­loaded.

When re­ceiv­ing the fire­wood...

Be present at the time of de­liv­ery; do not rely on a neigh­bour to ac­cept de­liv­ery on your be­half.

Ask for a re­ceipt that shows the quan­tity and type of fire­wood pur­chased, the seller's name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber and the price paid.

Write down the li­cence plate num­ber of the de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle.

If the fire­wood is not stacked on the truck so that you can mea­sure it, im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing de­liv­ery, neatly stack and mea­sure the fire­wood to cal­cu­late the quan­tity you re­ceived.

Re­stric­tions on mov­ing fire­wood

Did you know that mov­ing fire­wood can spread in­va­sive in­sects? Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency poli­cies con­trol the move­ment of fire­wood from reg­u­lated ar­eas of Canada.


If you re­ceived less fire­wood than you paid for, con­tact the seller be­fore us­ing any of the fire­wood and try to re­solve the is­sue. If you are un­able to re­solve the is­sue or if you need ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about fire­wood mea­sure­ment, con­tact Mea­sure­ment Canada.

Why burn fire­wood?

You won’t get a more in­tense heat source than fire­wood and when the wood burns out, the nor­mal house will stay warm for hours as com­pared to fos­sil fu­els and wood pel­lets.

It is a re­new­able en­ergy re­source.

Un­like the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els like gas or oil, burn­ing fire­wood re­leases no more harm­ful green­house gases than would be pro­duced were the wood to sim­ply rot on the for­est floor.

It pro­duces a com­fort­ing at­mos­phere in the home.

What does sea­soned fire­wood mean?

Sea­son­ing of logs is ba­si­cally a dry­ing process, tra­di­tion­ally logs would be cut one sea­son ( or year) be­fore they were ready to burn. Logs are sea­soned by cut­ting and stor­ing in a dry place for a pe­riod of time long enough to re­duce their mois­ture con­tent to less than 30 per cent.

RE­LI­ABLE: Many home­own­ers still use wood as a pri­mary and sec­ondary source of heat.

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