Commonly referred to as "cordwood," firewood is measured by the cord which is a standard unit measuring 128 cubic feet. By contrast, a "rick" of wood is a nonstandard unit, also known as a "face cord." As the rick is non-uniform, it cannot be precisely quantified; the only way to measure a rick of wood is to calculate it as part of a whole cord. Depending upon the lengths of the pieces of wood, a rick can equal up to half of a full cord.

A rick of wood can only be measured as part of a stacked cord of firewood.

Step 1

Stack the cut firewood so it is in a standard cord configuration. This will create a pile of wood 4 feet high by 4 feet deep by 8 feet long.

Step 2

Measure the length of a single piece of wood, assuming the wood is cut to uniform lengths. As by definition, a rick is a single row of wood, knowing the length of the pieces is the only way to obtain the measurement.

Step 3

Multiply the length of the single piece of wood by the height and length of an entire cord to obtain the size of the rick. For example, if a single piece of wood is 12 inches in length, multiply 1-foot by 4 feet by 8 feet to equal 32 cubic feet of firewood (1 x 4 x 8 = 32). If each piece of wood measures 18 inches in length the rick would measure 48 cubic feet (1 1/2 x 4 x 8 = 48).