Cord of Word Origins
The term “cord of wood” was coined in the 1600’s when wood as bundled up and tied with a literal cord. A cord back then was similar to a “bundle” that you might see today, as people couldn’t carry around that much wood by themselves.
A full cord of wood measures 4 feet high x 4 feet wide x 8 feet long. This comes out to a volume of 128 cubic feet, but it actually measures out to about 95 cubic feet because of all the air in between the wood itself.
There’s also a variety of other measurements revolving around the cord. For instance, half of a cord would be 4’ x 4’ x 4’, and you can also buy what’s known as a “face cord,” or ⅓ of a full cord. There’s also ¼, ½, and ⅛ cords.
As for the weight, a full cord of hardwood can weigh in at 5,000 pounds, and a full cord of softwood at 2,500 pounds.