The change from burning forests to burning wood is coming fast – and while we use a lot of firewood, we rarely look at just how much heat each species produces, or at how much a cord weighs. This chart, from the California Energy Commission, ranks production by species, and shows the weight of a cord. At 3,321 pounds for a cord of dry Western Larch, it takes a pretty good pickup to carry a cord.
Western Softwoods Figures from California Energy Commission BTU Rating Based on 90 cubic feet of solid wood per 128 cubic foot cord
|Species||Heat Content (BTU’s per Cord)||Weight Green (lbs per Cord)||Weight Dry (lbs per Cord)|
|Western Larch (Tamarack)||28.7||5454||3321|