FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A cord of firewood is the standard measurement used to break down how much wood you will be receiving in the firewood industry. A standard cord measures out as 4ft by 4ft by 8ft for 128 cubic feet of firewood. A cord splits into increments including ⅛, ¼, ⅓, ½, ¾ and Full Cord.
A face cord of firewood is a slang term used in the industry that means ⅓ of a cord. This term is also referred to as a bush cord. A face cord measures out as 42 cubic feet of stacked firewood.
When we deliver our firewood, we hand stack your order into the appropriate quantity required for your order, Example ¼ cord ½ cord etc. Once the wood is loaded into our truck, we bring it to your property and either unload it by hand or hydraulic dump when access is permitted. The wood is delivered in a loose pile upon delivery.
Firewood stacking upon delivery is an optional additional fee based on the access and quantity of wood that you are receiving. Please inquire for exact pricing.
When talking about firewood, there are a few things to keep in mind. The most common is the overall burn time and how much heat it releases. The more heat and burn time creates a higher BTU, the unit of measurement used for energy in the firewood industry. The more premium the firewood generally, the slower it burns while still burning significantly hotter than a lesser species of wood. There is also usually less ash and residue leftover, depending on the kind of wood. Some woods also give off a pleasant scent or are specialty used for cooking and add flavour to food. All these factors into the price of individual species of firewood.
The main difference is the specificity of quantity. With loose wood, you can only do a general estimation of how much wood is there due to random air space and other similar factors. However, if you stack the wood, you are guaranteed to be getting your money’s worth without losing out on several cubic feet of wood that you’ve paid for. A standard loose cord is 175 c.u ft while a stacked cord is 128 c.u ft.
Generally, the reason you shouldn’t sell wood by weight is that wood burns optimally at 7-15% moisture. When wood is appropriately dried then, the weight will all be very standardized and similar for each quantity sold. However, let’s say the wood has 25% moisture. Water is extremely heavy; thus, you end up paying more money for a substandard product impacting your overall experience. You pay more for a lower quality product if the firewood is not adequately dried.
There are many ways to start a fire, from the old school bundle of newspapers all rolled up in a ball to new-age tools and products that are made explicitly for starting fires. However, if you do not have tools or products like this a very common firewood secret and consistent way is to put a little bit of petroleum jelly ( vaseline) with a piece of paper towel and light the paper towel on fire, the vaseline will catch and voila! Petroleum jelly acts as a very inexpensive and easily accessible fire starter because it burns long and hot enough to catch kindling/firewood on the fire.
Generally, the best wood for kindling is Cedar as it is very straight-grained and easy to split into smaller pieces. It catches right away and has a sweet scent when it first lights, adding to the atmosphere of a fire. You can start a fire with any smaller pieces of dry firewood and dry wood bark. Birch and douglas fir bark acts as a fantastic fire starter.
A kiln is a large warehouse-size oven that quickly dries wood to a specified moisture amount. On top of drying, the wood kilns also help kill bacteria such as fungus and mold and parasites that may be in the wood, so you have a cleaner, more enjoyable experience when burning.
We use a firewood processor, so the majority of the wood is 16″ in length and then a mix of smaller and larger pieces in width.
Naturally seasoned means that it was left out in the sun to dry naturally and not put through an artificial drying process.
Generally, for firewood, you’re looking for between 10-20% moisture for the optimal burn. A little more or a little less is okay as well, but not quite as perfect.
A typical bag from a convenience store is standard at .75 c.u ft. Sometimes there are larger bags as big as 1c.u ft. The bags that we make are 1.5 C.u ft, so roughly 14-20 pieces in each bag and almost 50% more than you get at a typical gas station.
Generally, density is the defining factor in what a soft and hardwood are. Softwoods pop more due to air pockets and moisture inside the wood, while hardwood fibres are more densely packed and leave little to no air pockets for popping to occur.
The most significant thing when looking at cooking is how hot, how long, and reliable the coals it creates are. Hardwoods fulfill this role the best when burning. If you are specifically looking to cook or smoke certain things, you may want to experiment with woods like Cedar, maple, apple, cherry depending on the type of fish or meat you are cooking. Cedar is a common type of wood to cook with fish or even cook fish right on top. Apple is often used in any meat that is applewood smoked flavour as the smoking agent. Experimenting with what you enjoy best is generally the way to go in terms of wood that adds depth of flavour to your food.
Birch is the best wood for spatial heating due to its high heat and slow burn. Birch firewood allows for it to heat a large space with the least amount of wood being very cost-effective. It also has less creosote (ash) residue leftover making for easier cleanup when it comes to empty your fireplace.
Firewood is a natural resource that is more sustainable than natural gas. It has a net neutral carbon effect on the environment and can be utilized as an effective heating source for indoors or outdoors. By utilizing modern heating systems that use firewood you’ll find they are significantly cheaper than using natural gas or other renewable resource alternatives.