Thursday, September 25, 2008


There are more than a couple of definitions of Morning Wood. But today, let's work with this one: Driving 30 miles at 7:00 in the morning to load one cord of hard wood. Morning Wood.

Here's the pickup truck bed of ours that's been converted to trailer use. Even though it's a Chevy long bed that looks like it has a one ton capacity in actuality it is mounted on a Mazda 1/2 ton axle and suspension.

Long on room. Short on how much weight to carry.

What was I thinking when I chose to pick up and load a cord of white oak firewood into our 1/2 ton trailer? What?!

Do you know how much a cord of hard wood weighs?

Don't feel bad 'cause I didn't either. What's a little firewood, I thought.

After driving 30 miles home and seeing how overloaded the trailer was, sweating bullets the entire distance that the axle didn't snap, I decided to find out how much a cord of white oak weighs.

Are you ready? 4,000 plus pounds.

If a half ton is about 1,000 pounds all I have to say is, "Thank you, Lord!" for making it home safe and sound.

It seems the older I get the stupider I get. I'd better stick to the other kind of Morning Wood and leave wood gathering/loading/delivering to the experts.

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Max Watson said...

I was looking here:

And a cord of dry white oak is anywhere from 2880-3710 lbs. If it's green.... oh, look out!-

Wow, Dad. What a boneheaded mistake for a guy like you. Especially since you could've split the load with your truck's bed. Glad to hear there were no mishaps!

Bob said...

Max: I've had this trailer forever and it's held more weight than I want to admit, even cords of wood. In those days it was fir or pine from the Anchor Bay property which was dry and a lot less weight than white oak. Honestly, I wasn't thinking. And yes, I could have used the bed of the truck to off set the weight factor had the fifth wheel hitch not been there. Like I said, I was not thinking. As you get older you'll understand.

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