How Much Is a Rick of Wood? Everything You Need To Know

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How much is a rick of wood?

How does it compare to a cord of wood?

You may be using wood for the purpose of burning it. You’ll need enough of it to warm up the home or get a bonfire going. If you are chopping firewood, you may not know some of the terminologies.

One of them is a rick of wood. I’ll explain what that is in a moment. I’ll also explain how much is a “rick” in terms of measurements.

You may have heard of another terminology like a ‘cord’ of wood. Yet, they are two different things. We’ll go over the difference between the two in this guide.

By the time you have finished reading this, you’ll be able to know some of the terminologies. Let’s get started.

How much is a rick of wood?

A rick of wood is a stack that stands four feet in height and eight feet in length. Some widths will vary depending on the supplier. Ricks of wood can be available in the following options: 12, 16, or 24 inches.

These are the lengths of each log that is in the stack. In other words, you could have a rick of wood where every log is 16 inches (which is the common length). 

A rick of wood will depend on the type in terms of weight. Ricks of low-density wood will be about 625 pounds. For higher density, that weight will be around 2750 pounds.

How did the term ‘rick’ get its name?

A ‘rick’ of wood is an old English translation for stack or pile. The terminology does not only apply to wood. Farmers have used the ‘rick’ term to describe hay, corn, and other items used in and around the farm.

The term would soon come over to America, and several immigrants from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The terminology is commonly used in the midwestern United States. However, it can be used anywhere else in the country.

What is the difference between a ‘rick’ and a ‘cord’?

how much is a rick of wood

As mentioned before, a rick will stand four feet in height and eight feet in length. Meanwhile, a cord of wood will be four feet high, four feet in length, and eight feet in width. So the difference between the two comes down to specific measurements (with cords having more width).

As you may have noticed, ricks and cords will share the same height and length. Plus, multiple ricks will consist of a cord of wood. This can also depend upon the width of each rick. Some ricks will be wider than others.

When you are looking at a cord of wood, you’ll want to closely inspect the ricks and see whether they are the same width or if they differ from one another.

How much does a rick of wood cost?

The prices will vary on the supplier you are purchasing the wood from. Also, the type of wood will also play a factor in how much you are going to pay. For example, a rick of oak wood will be anywhere from $150 to $250.

If you are having it delivered to your home, you’ll also want to factor in the delivery fees as well. Other types of wood, like low-density types, will cost you less. When getting a quote, you want to ask upfront about any additional fees such as delivery and transport fees.

If you have plenty of room in your pickup truck, you may not have to worry about them and just pay for the rick of wood instead.

How many ricks of wood will you need?

This will come down to how much firewood you use regularly. It all comes down to what you intend on warming up. If you are using firewood to warm up a whole house, you’ll need multiple ricks of wood that will last you through the winter months.

On average, a medium-sized home can get through two ricks of wood in a single winter. You can buy three ricks if you want. Just make sure you have the budget for it before going any further.

How many logs are in a rick of wood?

On average, you can expect at least 275 to 325 logs of wood in one rick. A cord will have anywhere from 550 to 650. Also, keep in mind how the rick of wood is cut and piled.

How long should one rick of wood last you?

A rick of wood may last you anywhere from six to ten weeks. That’s more than enough time for you to consume it before buying another rick. Since the winters will last from December to March, at least two ricks may be enough.

Again, it will depend on the part of the United States you live in. If you live in a state with harsh winter weather like Minnesota, you may get away with buying at least two ricks (but three may be enough). One rick will be a good option if you live in a milder climate that can dip to cold temperatures at night.

Either way, you’ll want to plan before purchasing ricks of wood. You may never know what the winter will bring. Yet, it’s also important to be prepared rather than not.

We can’t predict the weather like a meteorologist can. However, we can use our better judgment and decide how much wood will be necessary.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know what a rick of wood is and how much is included, you can buy a couple at some point. Do it before the winter so you can get a good deal.

I say this because prices may rise once the winter gets closer. The sooner you grab it, the better. Plus, how can you say no to a better deal? 

At least two ricks of wood will be found during the winter months. You can buy three if you choose, especially if you expect the winter weather to be more bitter than normal.     

Thank you for reading my article, and I hope you got the answers you need regarding a rick of wood.

Your Pal,

Chainsaw Larry

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