Buying firewood? Don’t get burned
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.