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Posted on: November 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Don't Get Burned When buying firewood

Stacking A Cord For Measurement

If It Doesn’t Equal 128 Cubic Feet, 

It is Not A Cord!

2’ X 4’ x 16’ = 128 Cubic Feet 

4’ X 4’ X 8’ = 128 Cubic Feet

Get What You Pay For

& In Writing

When you buy firewood, make sure to get a receipt which shows the seller’s name and address, as well as the price, amount, and kind of wood purchased.  

If possible, get the seller’s phone number and write down the license plate number of the delivery vehicle.

When the wood is delivered, ask the seller to stack it (you may have to pay extra for this service), or stack the wood yourself.

Measure the wood before using any.  If the cubic measurement indicates that you did not receive the correct volume, contact the seller before you burn any wood.

Words That May Indicate You Are Not Getting Proper Measurement

A cord, like other measurements such as a foot, a gallon, or a ton, is defined by law.  A seller may not legitimately use terms such as “truckload”, “face cord”, “rack”, or “pile” because these terms have no legally defined meaning and, therefore, you have no way of determining how much firewood you are actually receiving.   If a seller uses such terms, it should alert you to a possible problem.  Wood can only be sold by the cord or by fractions of a cord.

If you feel that you have been shorted on your firewood delivery and the company you purchased it from will not make it right, please call Bucks County Weights and Measures at 215-348-6060 and press prompt #2.



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