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
SpeciesCord Weight(pounds) **DRYCord Weight(pounds) **GREEN
Alder, Red2000 – 26003200 – 4100
Ash2680 – 34504630 – 5460
Aspen1860 – 24003020 – 3880
Beech3100 – 40004890 – 6290
Birch2840 – 36504630 – 5960
Cedar, Incense1800 – 23503020 – 3880
Cedar, Port Orford2100 – 27003400 – 4370
Cherry2450 – 31504100 – 5275
Chinquapin2580 – 34503670 – 4720
Cottonwood1730 – 22252700 – 3475
Dogwood3130 – 40255070 – 6520
Douglas-Fir2400 – 30753930 – 5050
Elm2450 – 31504070 – 5170
Eucalyptus3550 – 45606470 – 7320
Fir, Grand1800 – 23303020 – 3880
Fir, Red1860 – 24003140 – 4040
Fir, White1900 – 24503190 – 4100
Hemlock, Western2200 – 28304460 – 5730
Juniper, Western2400 – 30504225 – 5410
Laurel, California2690 – 34504460 – 5730
Locust, Black3230 – 41506030 – 7750
Madrone3180 – 40865070 – 6520
Magnolia2440 – 31404020 – 5170
Maple, Big Leaf2350 – 30003840 – 4940
Oak, Black2821 – 36254450 – 5725
Oak, Live3766 – 48406120 – 7870
Oak, White2880 – 37104890 – 6290
Pine, Jeffery1960 – 25203320 – 4270
Pine, Lodgepole2000 – 25803320 – 4270
Pine, Ponderosa1960 – 25203370 – 4270
Pine, Sugar1960 – 22702970 – 3820
Redwood, Coast1810 – 23303140 – 4040
Spruce, Sitka1960 – 25203190 – 4100
Sweetgum (Liquidambar)2255 – 29004545 – 5840
Sycamore2390 – 30804020 – 5170
Tanoak2845 – 36504770 – 6070
Walnut, Black2680 – 34504450 – 5725
Western Red Cedar1570 – 20002700 – 3475
Willow, Black1910 – 24503140 – 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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