How Much Firewood Do I Need for the Winter?

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A good way to save money through the cold winter months is to heat your house with a fireplace. Not only does it provide heat, a fireplace is perfect in case of emergencies, such as a power outage. It provides light, heat and a place to cook food. Consider several factors when determining how much firewood you need to get you through winter.

Frequency of Use

  • How often do you use your fireplace? Some people use their fireplace only at nights, while others use it throughout the day. Others may only use the fireplace every once in a while. Determine how often you use your fireplace before you can predict how much firewood you need.

Cord of firewood

  • The official measurement of firewood is called a "cord." A cord measures 4 feet high by 4 feet wide and 8 feet long. It has a volume of 128 cubic feet. Because a cord is a large amount of firewood, most people typically buy a half or third of a cord.

Cost

  • A typical cord of firewood generally costs between $200 and $250. Find people who sell firewood by looking in the classified section of your local newspaper or looking at various online sites.

How Much Do I Need?

  • If you use your firewood throughout the entire day for five months during the winter season, it's likely you will need 1 1/2 cords. If you only use your firewood during the evening during that five-month span, a cord would be sufficient. If you only use your fireplace for a few days during the week or on a limited basis, you should only need 1/2 cord.

Warnings

  • Make sure you keep your firewood stored in a dry location. Wet firewood is difficult to burn.

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