Can You Put a Cord of Wood in a Pickup Truck?

A cord of wood is a stack of wood that measures 4′ wide by 4′ high by 8′ long and weighs anywhere between 2 and 4 tons. That’s a lot of weight to put in a pickup truck, but it can be done. Depending on the size and capacity of the truck, you may need to take extra measures to ensure you can safely transport the wood.

What Size Truck Do You Need?
The size of truck that you need for hauling a cord of wood will depend on the type of wood and its weight. If you have lightweight firewood, such as pine or birch, then an average-sized pickup truck should do the job. On the other hand, if you have heavier wood such as oak or hickory, then you will likely need a larger, more powerful truck.

Planning Ahead
Before attempting to load your cord of wood into your pickup truck, it’s important to plan ahead. Make sure that you measure your truck bed before loading the wood so that it fits snugly.

You should also check with local laws regarding how much weight is permissible for hauling on public roads. Additionally, make sure your truck has adequate suspension and tires that can handle the extra weight.

Safety Tips
There are some safety tips that you should follow when transporting a cord of wood in your pickup truck:

  • Do not overload your pickup bed; if necessary use ratchet straps or tie-downs to secure the load.
  • Drive slowly and carefully; avoid sudden stops or turns.
  • Be aware of other drivers around you; give them plenty of space.

Yes, it is possible to put a cord of wood in a pickup truck if done correctly. Make sure to plan ahead and follow safety tips for transporting heavy loads in order to ensure that everyone stays safe on the road.

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Stephen Dunn