Purchasing firewood is a process with a lot of variables. You must decide what your exact firewood needs are, and then choose the best type of wood for those needs. Once you’ve made those decisions, the last step is determining how much you need and then making sure that you get the amount that you pay for!
Firewood Winnipeg, Firewood Calgary, or even Firewood Ontario – Canada has guidelines for the measurement of firewood.
Since firewood is often sold in bulk and is measured by stacked volume, it’s easy to get cheated on quantity. The best way to arm yourself against this sort of dishonesty or mistake, is to have a firm understanding of how firewood is measured in Canada. Measurement Canada’s Weights and Measures Act and Regulations requires that accurate quantity is declared and labeled on all firewood that is sold in bulk in this country. When buying firewood packaged in bags or boxes from a retailer, the Competition Bureau oversees the same labeling requirements under the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act and Regulations. Both of these regulations are in place to protect consumers, ensuring that sellers are providing you with the correct information on quantity of your purchase. However, mistakes do happen, especially when buying bulk firewood, so knowing what you should be getting is key to making sure that it is what you are getting.
Bulk firewood is measured and sold in Canada in one of three different units, usually. These units are the stacked cubic metre, the cubic foot and a cord, sometimes referred to as cord wood. Below are the exact dimensions of each unit of measure:
Stacked Cubic Metre- This means that firewood is neatly stacked in 1 cubic metre of space. This space allows for wood, bark and a reasonable amount of airspace.
Cubic Foot – The same as above, but with firewood being stacked in 1 cubic foot of space, again allowing for wood, bark and a reasonable amount of airspace.
Cord of Wood– A cord is a term used to describe firewood stacked in 128 cubic feet of space or about 3.6 stacked cubic metres. Like with the other two measurements, this stacking must account for wood, bark and a reasonable amount of airspace.
Interesting to note is that Measurement Canada has been recommending that the cord unit of measure be discontinued, as it is often misused or abused by dishonest sellers. Sellers will occasionally use terms like “face cord” and “stove cord” to refer to smaller quantities of wood, confusing consumers who are expecting a traditional cord. These modified terms are not recognized units of measure.
Firewood is best when pieces are 14 to 18 inches long, as these are an ideal length for most woodstoves and fireplaces. When purchasing firewood, look for consistent lengths within, or close to, this range.
Being well informed on how firewood is measured and regulated in Canada brings you one step closer to an ideal firewood purchasing transaction.