What Does A Cord Of Wood Weigh – Dry Firewood And Fresh Cut (Green) Weights

December 16th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

I am currently in the market for a trailer sized right to haul the yard brush and wood used to heat my home. I know wood can be pretty heavy, but just how heavy it is, and whether or not a trailer will be able to haul a full cord of wood is the bigger issue.

The first thing I need to know… How much does a cord of wood weigh?

The dimensions of a standard cord of wood are 8 feet long by 4 feet wide and 4 feet high; with the wood stacked neatly and not thrown in willy-nilly.

A cord of green, fresh cut wood will typically weigh twice as much as dry wood.

A full-size pickup with a standard bed can hold about a half of a full cord, or 64 cubic feet of wood, when loaded. Random loading will decrease this amount further, and small pickups hold much less.

Some important storing and burning tips:

Because dry wood will give you more heat output, you’ll want to store the cut wood outdoors for at least 6 months in a dry area that receives good sunlight and has ample air circulation.

Softwoods are great for starting fires as they are quicker to ignite. Hardwoods burn longer and produce nice “coals” to keep the fire going as new logs are added, and those coals produce a steady heat.

It’s important to note that the hardwoods like oak may take over a year to season to the point of being dry enough to burn efficiently.

Now back to the trailer issue…

What does a cord of wood weigh, both dry wood as well as fresh cut green wood?

Check out the below Wood Heating and Weight Values chart to find out what various types of wood weigh when gathered as a cord.

Wood Heating and Weight Values
Species Cord Weight(pounds) **DRY Cord Weight(pounds) **GREEN
Alder, Red 2000 – 2600 3200 – 4100
Ash 2680 – 3450 4630 – 5460
Aspen 1860 – 2400 3020 – 3880
Beech 3100 – 4000 4890 – 6290
Birch 2840 – 3650 4630 – 5960
Cedar, Incense 1800 – 2350 3020 – 3880
Cedar, Port Orford 2100 – 2700 3400 – 4370
Cherry 2450 – 3150 4100 – 5275
Chinquapin 2580 – 3450 3670 – 4720
Cottonwood 1730 – 2225 2700 – 3475
Dogwood 3130 – 4025 5070 – 6520
Douglas-Fir 2400 – 3075 3930 – 5050
Elm 2450 – 3150 4070 – 5170
Eucalyptus 3550 – 4560 6470 – 7320
Fir, Grand 1800 – 2330 3020 – 3880
Fir, Red 1860 – 2400 3140 – 4040
Fir, White 1900 – 2450 3190 – 4100
Hemlock, Western 2200 – 2830 4460 – 5730
Juniper, Western 2400 – 3050 4225 – 5410
Laurel, California 2690 – 3450 4460 – 5730
Locust, Black 3230 – 4150 6030 – 7750
Madrone 3180 – 4086 5070 – 6520
Magnolia 2440 – 3140 4020 – 5170
Maple, Big Leaf 2350 – 3000 3840 – 4940
Oak, Black 2821 – 3625 4450 – 5725
Oak, Live 3766 – 4840 6120 – 7870
Oak, White 2880 – 3710 4890 – 6290
Pine, Jeffery 1960 – 2520 3320 – 4270
Pine, Lodgepole 2000 – 2580 3320 – 4270
Pine, Ponderosa 1960 – 2520 3370 – 4270
Pine, Sugar 1960 – 2270 2970 – 3820
Redwood, Coast 1810 – 2330 3140 – 4040
Spruce, Sitka 1960 – 2520 3190 – 4100
Sweetgum (Liquidambar) 2255 – 2900 4545 – 5840
Sycamore 2390 – 3080 4020 – 5170
Tanoak 2845 – 3650 4770 – 6070
Walnut, Black 2680 – 3450 4450 – 5725
Western Red Cedar 1570 – 2000 2700 – 3475
Willow, Black 1910 – 2450 3140 – 4040
** Weights:

  • Lower value of range assumes 70 cubic feet of wood per cord.
  • Higher value of range assumes 90 cubic feet of wood per cord.
  • Dry weight at 12 percent moisture content.
  • Green weight at 40 to 60 percent moisture content.

All moisture contents based on “wet” wood basis.

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