Be careful with cords

A reader writes to warn buyers to be careful when measuring and purchasing cords of wood.

Dear Editor,

What is a cord of wood? How many cords of wood do you need to heat a house during a long cold winter like 2016/17? What is the best wood that we can get in Ashcroft? And how do we measure a cord of wood?

As a boy I cut many cords of wood to support our Scout group. No matter the height, width, or depth, a cord of wood should measure 128ft3 before splitting.

For your fireplace, check the length of log that you can easily fit in it, then calculate what size of row you need to produce a cord using height x width x depth. Do not accept the estimate of the seller; measure the stacked wood, or you may be scammed (and also go without good heat).

Donald Cram

Ashcroft