Country Living
Country Living, Country Skills
Country People - A Country Living Resource and Community
Message Board
Country Topics
Trading Post
Memory Lane
Country Skills
Country Cooking

The Kitchen

Photo Gallery
Vintage Photos
Special Collections

Country Humor
Country Sounds
Coloring Book
Interactive Story

Farm Tractors
Tractor Parts
Tractor Manuals

Classic Trucks
Antique Tractors
Modern Tractors
Site Map
Links Page
Contact Us

Country Discussion Topics
To add your comments to this topic, click on one of the 'Reply' links below.

[Return to Topics]

John    Posted 09-27-2002 at 10:42:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone explain to a city boy the difference between a face cord & a rick & a cord Thanks

Argment (errrrr.......)discusion over    Posted 09-27-2002 at 17:07:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

Shanawanikki Nations    Posted 09-27-2002 at 18:43:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you for this info. I learned something I didn't know.

Shanawanikki Nations

TB    Posted 09-27-2002 at 14:02:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
What I always understood was.
A cord is 4x4x8 ft 128cu ft.
A face cord is 4x8x? (no 3rd dimension) just the face is measured.
A rick or a run is 4x8x 16.

and there're local names too...    Posted 09-27-2002 at 13:33:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Like most folk have said, a cord is 4' x' 4' x 8' (128 cubic feet)...

I had never heard the terms 'face cord' or 'rick' (other than 'to rick your wood') before I started hanging out on the net.
Here most wood cutters will lop the wood at 16 inches and you get three stacks deep in a cord...each stack is a 'run' or 1/3 of a cord...

Mike w    Posted 09-27-2002 at 11:20:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A full cord is 4'high x 4'wide x 8'long
A face cord is 4'high x how ever long the pieces are cut too (could be 14" could be 24") x 8'long.

DeadCarp    Posted 09-27-2002 at 11:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everybody's cord is different but a face cord should measure 4x4x8 feet. (128 cubic feet) That's a lotta firewood, but then you get into how it's stacked, what kind of wood it is, whether it's split and the rest of the arguments that make it look smaller. I almost think firewood should be sold by weight, since the heavier it is, the more heat it contains. Course, then you'd have to measure water weight too.

A pile of wood is called a "heap", a small overnite load is a "jag", i'd call a cord a "loose cord" if it wasn't neatly stacked, you get a rick when you stack it neatly, but rick has nothing to do with volume. Most guys sell by the truckload anyway, so keep an eye on how it's heaped in there. If you see something ya don't like, speak right up then & there! :)

Modern homes are alot more efficient than older ones - with sawdust-filled board-sheeted tarpaper-wrapped walls we used to split a pile the size of the house by 4 feet deep to get thru winter - now with fiberglas insulated drywall-faced Tyvek-wrapped walls it only takes maybe 6-10 cords in the same region.

Les...No, no, no    Posted 09-27-2002 at 12:08:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
A cord is 128 cubic feet, generally 4'x4'x8' pile. A face cord is 4'x8'x whatever the length of the pieces (as stated above).
A rick is a Chinese cord. It was invented by a man named Hsoa (pronounced "Shaw") and was what he could get into his little two-wheeled cart for delivery to his customers in the age prior to the internal combustion engine.

ol Henry    Posted 09-27-2002 at 13:17:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
He could also haul 2 or 3 drunken sailors back to their ship, if they wernt able to get out he could raise the handles and let go, dumping everyone out the back, smart guy that he was he invinted the first dump truck too.
cource thats just hearsay from some of my shipmates, heh heh

Grove r    Posted 09-27-2002 at 13:12:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is that the same Chinese fellow who had a daughter named Irene? Seems to me she had one leg a little shorter than the other......maybe it was Ilean....

Les...That's the guy!    Posted 09-27-2002 at 13:33:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
In addition to Roadway, he also founded "Toys L Us".

Burrhead    Posted 09-27-2002 at 12:38:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah he went on to be the founder of Roadway and moved to Akron.

Burrhead    Posted 09-27-2002 at 12:01:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't mind the fiberglass filled walls nowadays.

When I was a lad one of my jobs was keeping the fire.

At night we'd let it burn down and bank it to save the red coals. That made my crankup easier in the morning.

Get the fires started in the cookstove and potbelly then bust the ice out of the water bucket and load the coffee pot.

Then Mama would crank off with some real hawg sausage and/or bacon, on special occassions some tenderloin or a ribeye, plus a settin of real hen aigs fried in lard and cathead buttermilk bisquits, always had plenty of cow salve butter and sawgum surp to sop them bisquits thru.

By the time I'd get back from feedin and milking we'd set down and enjoy the grub.

Mama never would let anybody start eating til ever body got in and set down.

My mind musta wondered off. Fer a minute there I could smell that kitchen and see Mama choking off the bisquits..

ol Henry    Posted 09-27-2002 at 11:05:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
A rick should be 4ft.high 8ft.long and 24in. wide , 2 rick make a cord. most firewood sold around here is about 18in. long instead if 24in. for ease of handling I suppose or to fit in smaller fireplaces. Not familiar with the term face cord.
What price are they asking for wood in your part of the country? Around here, ..Tulsa area.. it will probably sell for around $50 a rick.

DG    Posted 09-27-2002 at 13:31:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's how I was always told too, but I was taught four ricks make a cord not two.

ol Henry    Posted 09-27-2002 at 13:47:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think it just seems that way when you have to split it with a maul. I seldom use the fireplace in the house anymore, but I have an old wood stove in my shop that usually needs a couple of rick each winter. I use it as a time machine, when I shut the door and build a fire out there I can get away from the modern world for a littlewhile. cheap therapy and it's far enough away from the house that the wife don't bother me too much

john    Posted 09-27-2002 at 13:03:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like about the same price here in Michigan.

[Return to Topics]

[Home] [Search]

Copyright © 1999-2013
All Rights Reserved
A Country Living Resource and Community