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November 21, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - With the cooler weather moving into Arkansas, many consumers may begin to think about purchasing firewood. Accordingly, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert to help clarify certain aspects of purchasing wood to be burned in the fireplace or used as fuel. The Arkansas Bureau of Standards has imposed precise regulations, which stipulate that all firewood sold in the state must meet standard measurement requirements and must be sold only as a cord, fractional parts of a cord, or in terms of cubic feet. A cord is 128 cubic feet of firewood. To be sure you have a cord, stack and measure the wood. To be sure you have a properly stacked cord, the wood should measure:- 4 feet wide, 4 feet high, and 8 feet long (4 X 4 X 8 = 128); or - 2 feet wide, 4 feet high and 16 feet long (2 X 4 X 16 = 128). Any combination of width times height times length (in feet) that equals 128 cubic feet, qualifies as a cord of firewood. Consumers should steer clear of ads that offer firewood in undependable terms, such as by the truckload