A real “cord” is 128 cubic sq. ft. of wood. As per the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, it represents a stack in a 4’X4’X8’ foot space, or in any three dimensions with a volume of 128 cubic feet. A “face cord” could only be an 8 ft. long stack that is 4 ft. high, but not necessary 4ft. deep and that’s how the scammers get you.
In New Mexico it’s actually illegal to sell fuel wood in
unspecified quantities such as face cord, rack, pile, load, loose cord or truckload. So, buyers need to beware.
For safety reasons you should always buy from a reputable firewood dealer. The wood needs to be “seasoned” correctly. It is extremely important that any wood, resinous (like pinon or ponderosa pine)
or non-resinous (like oak or aspen), be allowed to completely dry before burning. Drying (seasoning) fresh, green wood may take several summer months to properly dry. Drying time can be shortened by splitting. Damp oak or aspen can create just as much, or more creosote as pinon or ponderosa pine. If the wood you buy is green, it doesn’t yield as much heat as the water needs to burn off before the wood actually burns. If that’s not bad enough, the combination of water vapor and smoke that creates creosote build-up in your chimney, could lead to chimney fires. So, buying high quality, seasoned wood is the most beneficial to your wood burning stoves and fireplaces and maximizes your heat
New Mexico Division of Forestry states, “Wood is a vast, renewable source of heat. Wood can reduce the demand of finite sources of fossil fuels. We will continue to have a bountiful supply of firewood in New Mexico. Using firewood as a source of heat, can help clean our forests of excess fuels that otherwise contribute to dangerous catastrophic wildfires.”