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What is a Rick of Wood – And How Much Does It Cost?



Pile of A Lot Of Wood or Firewood

If you’ve been camping very long you probably know some of the basics of firewood.

You know that seasoned firewood works better than unseasoned, you know the differences between softwood and hardwoods, and you know how to store firewood effectively. Even the seasoned among us, however, may still be confused about firewood measurements.

This can be important when figuring out how much firewood to bring camping. You’ve probably heard of a “cord of wood,” but is that different from a face cord? And what on earth is a rick?

Stacks of firewood for industrial use

What on Earth is a Rick of Wood?

So there are a few different ways of measuring the amount of firewood in a stack. The most common and recognized measurement is a cord, which is measured by volume. A cord of wood is 128 cubic feet by volume. A rick of wood on the other hand (also called a “face cord”) is measured by only height and width.

The length of the logs (or depth of the pile) can vary, although typically firewood sold in this way is cut to 16” or 18”. You’ll still want to make sure you ask about the lengths of the logs because the size of a rick can vary based on the lengths of the logs (for instance, for use in a wood-burning stove) and you don’t want to get shortchanged on the volume of wood you’re receiving.

Even a rick of 16” logs is going to be less overall wood than one with 18” logs, so make sure to ask this question and have an idea of precisely how much wood you need. Another thing to keep in mind is that “rick” is not an unofficial or regulatory term for firewood.

Instead, it’s a commonly-used term in many parts of the US for any sort of pile. So people in these areas will often refer to a woodpile as a “rick.” Over the years this has led to the social standard that a “rick” of wood is about the same as a “face cord.”

We’ll talk more about what that means in a moment, but if you’re buying firewood and want to be sure of the measurements, a “face cord” is better to ask for than a rick. (Again, they’re roughly the same!) 

What is a Cord of Wood?

While firewood can be bought in just about any quantity, from a few logs to a full pickup truck, few people understand how to properly measure an amount of firewood. There is, however, a standardized measurement system for a stack of wood.

So if you’ve been buying a “truck’s worth” it may be worth figuring out exactly how much wood you’re getting by translating the amount into cubic feet. A cord of firewood is any selection of wood that makes up a volume of 128 cubic feet.

Firewood is measured in this way (rather than by weight) because the weight of a full cord of wood varies greatly by the type of wood. A full cord of hardwood can weigh as much as 5,000 pounds, while softwood will barely weigh half that in the same volume.

Many people still choose to buy firewood in non-standard volumes, but it can help you get an idea of whether you’re paying a fair price to translate the amount you’re buying into cords or partial cords. 

How Big Is A Cord of Wood? 

To break down just how much wood is in 128 cubic feet, we can break down the standard cord of wood into its dimensions. A cord of wood is any stack of wood adding up to a volume of 128 cubic feet, but most commonly this means a stack 8’ wide, 4’ high, and with logs cut to 4’ long for a depth of 4’.

You can also buy a cord of wood with the logs cut shorter, but the other dimensions will increase, as long as the total volume adds up to 128 cubic feet, it’s a cord. To visualize it another way, the average pickup truck bed holds about ⅕ of a cord of wood.

A large pulpwood truck on the other hand holds about four cords. For most people, buying a part of a cord is more than enough for summer fun or weekend camping though. It’s important to remember that stacking makes a big difference!

Tightly and neatly stacked logs will take up much less space than a loose pile. You should also consider the length at which you’ll use the logs. If you want shorter logs (16” to 18”) you should ask for a face cord, also known as a “rick of wood.” 

Other Measurements of Firewood: Stove Cord vs. Face Cord

There are a few other terms you should be familiar with when considering the amount of firewood you’ll need. As mentioned above, what some people call a “rick” of wood is the same amount of wood in a “face cord.” A face cord of wood has less volume than a full cord and is defined by having a depth of only one log.

A face cord of wood is usually 16 to 18 inches deep and comes to a volume between 40 and 50 cubic feet. One thing to look out for, though, is the difference between a “stove cord” and a “Face cord.” Like a face cord, the stove cord has a depth of one log’s length.

These logs are cut shorter, however, so that they can fit inside a wood stove. So a stove cord is about 12” in length, and will come to a volume of 32 cubic feet. So next time you’re getting firewood for use in fire pits or other open fire containers, it’s a better idea to get a face cord with longer longs and more wood. If you are using wood for a stove, however, the shorter “stove cord” is a good call. 

How Much Does a Rick of Firewood Cost?

Now we get to the all-important question: how much is that stack of firewood going to cost? This is the main reason to understand different firewood measurements and how they compare. You don’t want to end up with additional costs because you’re getting less wood than you think.

So the first note is to ask for wood in cords or partial cords in order to make sure you know exactly how much you’re getting. If you ask for a “rick” or another informal measurement (such as a truckload, a rank, or a pile), you can translate the amount of wood you’re getting into cords by measuring the volume taken up by the wood.

In other words, multiply the length by the width by the depth of the stack of wood. If you’re buying wood by the truckload, you can measure the size of the truck bed to get a rough idea of how much wood you have. Or, measure the dimensions of the stack of wood you’re buying before moving it to get an accurate measurement of the volume. 

How Much Firewood Do I Need?

Again, most people won’t need to buy a full cord of firewood. A full cord of wood is enough to last 6-10 weeks as your main source of warmth and energy. In other words, unless your home is using a wood stove as its main energy source, you’ll likely need a lot less wood. 

If you’re just using a wood stove for cooking, have an outdoor firepit, or need firewood for camping, you’ll be measuring the amount of energy you need in hours. So you’ll need less than even a half cord, a third of a cord, or a quarter cord.

You’ll instead be buying pieces of wood by the bundle. As a rule of thumb, it takes about two hours to burn eight pieces of wood. If you’re stocking up for a summer of fires though, starting with a quarter cord can be a good idea. If it’s your first time buying firewood, there are few tips you can keep in mind to avoid getting ripped off.

To start, remember to ask for wood in cords, the standard unit of measurement, especially if you’re unfamiliar with fair firewood prices and need to compare to state guides. Every state has its own guides and regulations on firewood, and they can be very useful for making sure you’re getting a good deal. Again, though, you’ll need to know the measurement in cords to make the most of these resources. 

How to Find Quality Firewood

When buying firewood, there are a few other distinctions you’ll want to be aware of as well. Different types of wood burn differently, and depending on how you’re using the wood, it can be important to get this right. Green wood, for instance, or wood that hasn’t been seasoned (dried thoroughly), will not burn as well as seasoned wood.

You can season wood yourself, but buying thoroughly dry wood is always easier. We’ll cover more on how to store wood for seasoning below. Next, you want to pay attention to the kind of wood you’re buying. First, there are hardwoods and softwoods which are the two main types of wood you’ll be choosing from.

Hardwoods, as you might imagine, are denser, and are generally better for heating than softwoods. You’ll commonly find Red Oak, Hickory, Maple, Locust, and Ash among the hardwoods available for firewood. Softwoods are more often used in woodworking, or as pulp, but sometimes they’re used for wood pellet fuel, and they tend to burn better than hardwoods in this form.

Some common softwoods you might see include Pine, Spruce, Cedar, and Cypress. These can also be used to change the temperature, smell, and other aspects of your fire for special applications. But for warmth and cooking, locally sourced hardwoods are best. 

Source Locally Whenever Possible

Some states have strong regulations on sourcing firewood, in order to avoid bringing in invasive species from other regions. Always make sure the firewood you’re buying is sourced as locally as possible, and look out for state or local regulations on transporting firewood between different states and regions.

Invasive species can be devastating to local tree populations, so it’s up to everyone to source firewood responsibly and to make sure the wood you’re buying doesn’t have a dangerous stowaway on board. 

Finding a Reputable Seller 

You’ll generally have many wood suppliers to choose from at all levels of professionalism. Many people buy firewood from friends and neighbors, while others prefer buying at outlets or even big box hardware stores. There are a few things you can do to avoid paying additional costs though.

First, of course, make sure to have the seller stack the wood tightly and then measure it in cords. You should also make sure to get a receipt of some kind for your purchase, and you should ask about the type of wood as well as the seasoning (is it kiln-dried, unseasoned, etc.)

If you’re going to buy or sell firewood in a personal arrangement, make sure to agree on the terms ahead of time. Compare the prices being asked for to state guidelines and regulations, and make sure to properly measure and stack the wood being sold in order to avoid disagreements and miscommunications. 

Firewoods storage place under the balcony in the yard

Storing Firewood

The last tip for buying firewood is to make sure the seller cuts the wood to your desired length. If you’re buying a full face cord, for instance, make sure to specify the length you need. Or buy a partial cord and ask for it to be cut down to the right size.

This will help with storing the firewood and you’ll have a better sense of how much space it will take up. If you’re able to buy seasoned wood, this will save you time and energy. The best wood is kiln seasoned, which means it’s dried out in a kiln, but this can also be more expensive than wood seasoned by the elements.

Here’s how to store unseasoned wood to encourage quick drying:

  1. Decide where to store your wood. If you live in an especially wet or rainy climate, a shed may be better than leaving your woodpile fully exposed. If you do leave it outside, make sure to cover it during rain. A simple tarp works quite well. 
  2. Make sure to elevate the pile of wood off the ground, to prevent ground moisture from wicking up into your wood. The easiest way to do this is to make a short stack of recycled pallets and store your wood on top. The gaps in the pallets will also allow air to flow freely through the woodpile. 
  3. Leave a little space between the rows. Seasoned wood can be packed tightly and efficiently and you should stack wood tightly when measuring it for a purchase, but a looser stack is best for seasoning wood outside. 

With these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to fun around the campfire. Buying firewood can seem complicated with so many local and informal terms flying around, but simply asking the questions can help you find an honest retailer and make sure you get what you paid for. 

Final Verdict: 

Wood is a wonderful, ancient fuel and can be utilized safely and effectively for many different uses. From heating to cooking to fun, firewood is a versatile fuel and is also one of the more environmentally friendly options out there (as long as you’re not in a densely populated area).

It can also be cheaper for heating and is of course essential for campfire cooking! Getting started is easy once you understand the common firewood measurements, prices, and terms.


Bonus tip: Check out this video on how to build your own lumber rack for effective storage.


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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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