A Cord Is A Cord Is A Cord

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Editor:

I am a new resident here, and, like many people in the area, my home is heated by burning wood, which I prefer and enjoy, except when I have to buy more. Not that I object to the price, as I know from experience exactly how much work it is to cut and transport firewood, and, in today's world, with the high cost of equipment, fuel and permit fees, a woodcutter needs to charge a fair price for his product to make a buck for his labor. No problem with that. I am paid a fair price for my labor and I do understand that everyone needs to make a living, but, a fair price, is not a fair price, if the woodcutter delivers less than the volume of product agreed to and charged for.

This is our third winter here and I have yet to find anyone "in the business" who actually knows how much volume constitutes "a cord of wood."

So, let me enlighten those who cut and sell wood for profit, and your customers, that "a cord of wood" is a volume of 128 cubic feet, which, when neatly stacked, will fill a space 4 ft. X 4 ft. X 8 ft.

Granted, stacking the wood on your truck means "extra" work, but, it also means that both you and your customers will know that they got what they paid for and that you can rest assured that the Bureau of Weights and Measures is not going to come knocking on your door because a customer complained about being shorted.

To emphasize my point, I will quote the last gentleman who delivered to me and who did not deliver a cord of wood who stated, "My truck bed is bigger than a cord." I will say that just because your truck bed "is bigger than a cord" does not mean that you can put a cord on simply by throwing it on until the bed is full, instead of stacking it the way you should.

I asked around town and this situation seems to be the norm in this area, and I was basically told that the woodcutters up here deliver whatever they feel like delivering on any given day, and they all call it a "cord" but seldom deliver a cord.

Perhaps if more people complained, we would actually get a cord of firewood when we ordered it.

Also, as per the standards that I am accustomed to, when 16-inch stove wood is ordered, the pieces must be consistent in length from 15 to 17 inches, with the diameter being from 2 to 8 inches, and not the 12 to 26 inches in length and 1 to 12 inches in diameter that was delivered last time as "stove wood."

If there is anyone out there in the wood business who wants to sell me firewood on a per cord basis who will actually deliver a full cord of wood cut to the above happy to place an order for more.

How about it, any takers?

Jim Estess

Pine

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