Guide to Buying Firewood

If you own a wood-burning fireplace or stove, knowing how to buy firewood is an important skill to have especially you do not have the time or the inclination to cut and season your own. However, purchasing firewood in the right type and amount does entail some research. Firewood suppliers sell their product all year round, but their prices differ depending on the season. Needless to say, firewood is a lot more expensive during winter because of the higher demand. Thus, the first thing you need to remember is to plan ahead. Here are some of the most important things that you need to remember when you are buying firewood for your home.


Generally, firewood is sold by the cord. A cord of firewood, when stacked, is approximately 128 cubic feet (8’x4’x4’). This means that since the wood, bark, and the space between each piece of wood is included in the measurement, the type of wood as well as how it is stacked will make the actual number of firewood that you are purchasing vary considerably. You can also purchase firewood by the face cord or rick if a cord is too much firewood than you would actually use. A face cord is around a third of a cord.

Types of Wood

Knowing what type of wood you will need to serve your purpose is also useful. Often, you can save more money when you are able to choose the right kind of wood for the type of fire you need. For example, softwoods like spruce, pine, redwood and fir tend to burn more quickly. This means that you will have to purchase more of them over a given period of time. Hardwoods like birch, oak, beech, and eucalyptus are generally preferable because they burn cleaner and longer.

Quality of Wood

Unless you want to waste your money, you should only buy dry firewood. That is, the moisture content of the wood should be less than 20 percent. A higher moisture content leads to more pollution and will quickly accumulate flammable resins in your fireplace. Unseasoned or green wood is cheaper to buy, but you need to store it for a year or more before you are able to burn it.