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Method of Sale Regulation

2.4. Fireplace and Stove Wood - For the purpose of this regulation, this section shall apply to the sale of all wood, natural and processed, for use as fuel.

2.4-1. Definitions Fireplace and stove wood - Any kindling, logs, boards, timbers, or other wood, natural or processed, split or not split, advertised, offered for sale, or sold for use as fuel. (Amended 199 1) Cord - The amount of wood that is contained in a space of 128 cubic feet, when the wood is ranked and well stowed. For the purpose of this regulation, "ranked and well stowed" shall be construed to mean that pieces of wood are placed in a line or row, with individual pieces touching and parallel to each other, and stacked in a compact manner. Representation - A "representation" shall be construed to mean any advertisement, offering, invoice, or the like that pertains to the sale of fireplace or stove wood.

2.4.2. Identity - A representation may include a declaration of identity that indicates the species group (Example: 50 percent hickory, 50 percent miscellaneous softwood). Such a representation shall indicate, within 10 percent accuracy, the percentages of each group.

2.4.3. Quantity - Fireplace and stove wood shall be advertised, offered for sale, and sold only by measure, using the term "cord" and parts of a cord, or the cubic meter; except that:

  • Packaged Natural Wood - Natural wood offered for sale in packaged form in quantities less than 0.45 (1/8 cord or 16 cu ft) shall display the quantity in terms of cubic meters, to include decimal @ions of cubic meters; or cubic feet, to include fractions of cubic feet.
  • Artificial Compressed or Processed Logs. A single fireplace log shall be sold by weight, and packages of such individual logs shall be sold by weight plus count.
  • Stove Wood Pellets or Chips -- Pellets or chips not greater than 15 cm (6 in) in any dimension shall be sold by weight.This requirement does not apply to flavoring chips. (Amended 1976 and 19 w 91)

2.4.4. Prohibition of terms - The terms "face cord", "rack," "pile," "truckload," or terms of similar import shall not be used when advertising, offering for sale, or selling wood for use as fuel.

2.4.5. Delivery ticket or sales invoice - A delivery ticket or sales invoice shall be presented by the seller to the purchaser whenever any non-packaged fireplace or stove wood is sold. The delivery ticket or sales invoice shall contain at least the following information:

  • the name and address of the vendor;
  • the name and address of the purchaser;
    the date delivered;
  • the quantity delivered and the quantity upon which the price is based, if this differs from the delivered quantity;
  • the price of the amount delivered; and
  • the identity in the most descriptive terms commercially practicable, including any quality representation made in connection with the sale. (Added 1975)

Cubic or Volume Measure

A legal cord of wood is the amount of wood which is contained in a space of 128 cubic feet, such as a stack 4x4x8, 2x4x16,etc.

A rick of wood is usually 4 feet high and 8 feet long. The length of the log is agreed upon by the buyer and seller.

1,728 cubic inches = 1 cubic foot
27 cubic feet = 1 cubic yard
1 cord of wood = 128 cubic feet
1 board foot = 144 cubic inches  = 1 1/2 cubic feet
1 perch of stone or brick  = 24 3/4 cubic feet
(May vary from 16 to 25 cubic feet)

Number of board feet in a log = (1/4 (d-4)2 L; where "d" diameter of log (taken inside the bark at the small end) in inches; and L= length of log in feet. The 4 inches subtracted are an allowance for slab. Remember to square the formula before multiplying by the length.

*Length of log to be determined by purchaser.