How To Measure A Cord Of Loosely Thrown Firewood - How much fits in the back of a truck?

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so hey guys welcome back to another

episode of woody Wednesday this week I'm

going to take a little deeper dive into

some units of measure when it comes time

to deal with far more specifically

loosely thrown or piled firewood I feel

like this will be very helpful for if

you're trying to figure out how much

wood you have in the back of a truck

that you just went out and cut or if

you're someone that purchases firewood

help make sure you don't get taken for a





so if you've ever gone out and tried to

purchase fire what there's generally a

lot of different sayings you see when it

talks about the measurement of that wood

sometimes you'll see something like a

Rick of firewood or you'll see a

fireplace cord of wood and it really is

very important to have a defined

definition of these different units

because they can greatly vary the one

thing I'm pretty sure is standard across

the board I know for sure here in the

state of Minnesota in most states is a

cord of wood a cord of wood is defined

as a hundred and twenty eight cubic feet

of firewood neatly stacked generally in

a row of eight feet long four feet wide

four feet tall so you take those numbers

eight times four times four 128 cubic

feet now where this can become an issue

if you don't have a definition on

something like this let's say you go up

by a Rick of firewood or you go out and

buy a fireplace cord of firewood and

there's a discrepancy between you and

the seller or vice versa and you need to

get weights and measurements involved in

this to help resolve the issue they're

not going to be able to do that because

it's an undefined unit of measure of

some limited daylight here so hopefully

I can get this all done tonight

the other day I was on the internet and

I came across this this article done by

the state of Minnesota it's more by the

the weights and measurement division and

kind of defining firewood measurements

here in Minnesota and it is really just

saying you know the only legitimate form

of measurement is a cord of wood 128

cubic feet but I had two bits of

information in the article that I

thought was very helpful obviously if

you stack your firewood very neatly

there's a lot less air space and you're

talking 128 cubic feet for a quart

however if you loosely throw that wood

in the back of a pickup truck

just cut it's a hundred and sixty cubic

feet and if you have it cut and split

loosely thrown in the back of a pickup

truck it's a hundred and seventy square

feet in order to equal a quart of wood

so what I'd like to do tonight is load

up the back of my pickup truck with a

bunch of wood that I'm already gonna be

shuffling around here we're gonna take a

measurement before we throw it back to

the truck so we have

real good idea and actually how much

wood is going into the truck and then

we'll try using one of these formulas

here 175 cubic feet measurement and just

see how they compare


at the bed all cleaned out what we're

dealing with here is a Chevy 1990 key

2500 Silverado 8 foot bed on this

doesn't really matter what size bed

because we're gonna take measurements

the length the width and the height and

this will scale up or down whether you

got a smaller traffic and that's 10 or a

Ford Ranger or even something quite a

bit larger here



so let's what Pyles looking a little

rough first thing we'll do is we'll take

a measurement to the length and we'll

take the height and then we'll just take

this very first roll so generally I cut

my firewood 20 22 inches it's gonna

roughly be what these are looking right

just under 9 feet and we're looking 60

65 we'll save and 66 so right around

five and a half feet and then like I

mentioned it's 20 inches 22 inches deep

so it's a little up the truck real quick



she's a boy only


damn shame to test it

found himself in a quandary face-to-face

with the lion


which is a boy so I ended up just

pulling the truck a little bit closer

cuz I got to fill in this indent here

but and I don't want to take out my back

window so I just want to throw a little

bit more care and I don't want to be

carrying it all over the place I did

manage to get old trusty rusty tailgate

shut here so this will give us a pretty

good idea when the five came in pending

Oh a new dad

we may actually get all that into the

back of the pickup truck I try to stay

as consistent as I could go on across

after you can have a little bit of slope

value the window and if I was selling

firewood in trucking this across town or

something I would definitely not load it

up this this full or if I did I would

utilize some of these brackets and build

like a wood rack here or something to

hold that stuff in but now we'll measure

out the bed real quick and we'll do a

rough calculation to see how close they

are so 90 inches by 62 inches

I would I would it would be safe to say

39 inches when the father came in

pending a nudist

you gaze upon this issue oh I just love

these fall-like nights it's just nice

cool weather fantastic you're working

truck squatting pretty good in here

pretty nice heavy load of oak for the

most part there's a little bit of bass

word in here as well

stuffs all been sitting for three plus

years I think the very first video I put

up this was probably cut very shortly

after that and I don't think I took you

guys along with that I had caught wind

that there was a construction job going

on it a place where they gonna be

building a house that we're gonna take

down a couple of trees I knew some

people I talked to them got the OK to go

in and cut those trees and I just went

in some Saturday morning

it was really nice no one was there

there was no equipment or anything was

all before they poured the foundation

nothing to worry about dropping a tree

on if you ended up making a mistake and

came home with a real nice huge oak tree

and a big huge chunk of a vast wood as

well so if you're someone that's in the

hunt of looking for additional place

that the cut that might be an idea to

think about especially since you see a

lot of construction projects all the

time if you know somebody or just take

the time to go talk to someone there

definitely can be some benefits you

might get turned down but you know you

never know if you don't at least ask so

let's go in let's punch some numbers

here and see how things turned out so

you guys of course thought the results

before I did I have to admit I was a

little disappointed and surprised on

what a difference the two were we were

talking eight percent of a quart or

roughly around ten cubic feet of

firewood that's a lot of wood I got

thinking a little bit obviously this is

not a perfect alternative to actually

taking the time to stack your wood and

then measuring it out but sometimes life

doesn't always work like that and I

think this tool could be very helpful

one of my biggest takeaways is I went

back and tried to figure out what I

could have done better next time if I

had to use this and I think a lot of it

came back to my height measurement when

I took my measurement I was one that was

taken out of the back of the truck that

pile was kind of mounted both from front

to back and side to side I think if I

had sides on the truck where things were

able to sit

little bit more squarely across I think

we're gonna had a little bit more of an

accurate reading also when I took my

reading I took it off of the highest

point on there and I think next time I

was hooking up more of the medium across

the board you know on the height I went

back we crunched the numbers and just -

I think it was three inches off the

height which is pretty doable especially

if I spread that Ward out a little bit

and I came in - 72 percent of a cord so

within a two to three percent difference

then the actual taking the time to have

that wood stack and then take the

measurement so a much more closer so

obviously a couple inches can make a

pretty big difference the downside is

when you're just Heep and wood like this

you know sometimes you got a couple of

extra pieces hanging out at this end and

things just aren't as nicely squared up

so this might be a good thing to add to

your arsenal I could see this being

really helpful if you wanted to get a

rough idea at how much wood you brought

home that day cut and obviously instead

of dividing it by a hundred and

seventy-five you would divide it by a

hundred and sixty if it wasn't split but

in this case this is it is split and not

stacked we're doing 175 so just kind of

the experiment that I wanted to try out

tonight and share my experiences with

this have you ever gone out and tried

this yourself I'd be really curious what

your thoughts are on this I will put a

link to that article in the description

below hope you guys enjoyed the video

and we'll see on the next one thanks for