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Truck Wars: How Much Wood Can You Fit In Different Trucks?

How much wood can fit in pickup trucks

Whether you’re moving firewood or logs, transporting them is definitely a heavy task. Thankfully, there’s a wide range of pick-up trucks to get the job done.

In this article, we’ll help you pick the right truck for easy transportation for every load of wood you need. Read on to know your choices!

How much wood can fit in pickup trucks?

How much wood fit in pickup trucks
Image: JD Power

A pick-up truck can carry 1,500 to 2,000 lbs. of wood, and one cord of wood is approximately 5,000 lbs. So, an average pick-up truck can hold between 0.2 to 0.5 cords of wood (1,000 to 2,500 lbs).

Popular Pick-up Trucks in the United States

Popular Pick-up Trucks in the United States
Image: Fairbanks Chevy

If you’re transporting less than one cord of wood, you can use regular pick-up trucks. 

Here are the most common pick-up trucks in the United States and how much cord of wood they can carry.

TruckStorage Space (cubic feet)Carrying Capacity (cord of wood)
Ford Ranger430.3
RAM 1500610.47
Ford F15077.40.6
GMC Sierra890.69
Chevrolet Silverado880.69

Logging Trucks

Logging Trucks
Image: American Loggers Council

We know there’s a constant demand for logs, timber, and all other types of wood in the forest industry. To meet the big demand from the industry, we’ll have to bring out the big guns – logging trucks.

The carrying capacity of logging trucks is measured by yield in board foot. One board foot is equivalent to 1 inch thick by 12 inches long and wide piece of wood. 

Logging Trucks
Image: JW Lumber

Here are all the kinds of logging trucks and their carrying capacities. 

Logging TruckCords of Wood (Tons)Board Foot Capacity (number of logs)Log Capacity
Semi-Trailer13 cords (33 tons)3,000 to 5,000 20 to 50
Straight Tri-Axle7 cords (18 tons)1,500 to 2,50020 to 50
Off-Road20 cords (50 tons)6,000 to 8,00040 to 100 above

What is a cord of wood?

cord of wood
Image: United States Department of Agriculture

A cord of wood measures the weight or quantity of wood per 128 cubic feet. Generally, a full cord of wood weighs 5,000 pounds with logs measuring 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and high. 

The weight of a cord of wood varies on the tree species. So, here’s a list of the most common tree species and their weight per cord of wood. 

SpeciesWeight per Cord (lbs)
Silver Maple5,000
Red Maple5,000
Sugar Maple5,500
Yellow Birch5,500
Black Walnut5,500
Red Oak5,500
White Oak5,500
Black Oak5,500
White Ash5,000
White Pine4,400
Norway Pine4,700
White Spruce4,200
Balsam Fir4,700
Black Spruce4,200
White Cedar2,900
Source: Department of Natural Resources – State of Minnesota

FAQs on Loading Wood on Trucks

What is a truckload of wood called?

Every truckload of wood is measured per cord. One cord of wood is equal to 128 cubic feet. 

How many pieces of wood are there in a cord?

One cord of wood contains around 600 to 800 pieces of wood depending on the species, thickness, and length of the pile.

How much does a cord of wood cost?

Depending on the wood species, a cord of wood costs from $120 to $180. During peak season, each cord of wood costs as high as $300 to $600. 

How much is a pickup truckload of wood cost?

It costs $70 to $300 for every pickup truckload of wood, assuming that a truck can carry 0.2 to 0.5 cords of wood and one cord costs $300 to $600. 

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