A rick of firewood is a firewood measurement used to describe a quantity of wood. Unlike a cord of firewood which is 128 cubic feet, a rick or face cord is not a consistent measurement, so it can vary from place to place.
The biggest problem with a buying a rick of wood is the fact that you don't know exactly how much wood you are getting. The length of the logs dictate how much wood you get.
Generally speaking if the logs are cut 16 inches long and are stacked 4 feet high by 8 feet long, a rick will be 1/3 of a cord.
If these same logs were cut 24 inches long, the rick would equal 1/2 cord. So the length of the logs directly impact the amount of wood you get.
How much are you actually getting? The only way to really know is to measure stack of wood and the lengths of the logs.
As a general rule, most wood suppliers cut wood 16 inches long. With that being said, A typical rick or face cord of firewood is 1/3 of a cord.
As mentioned earlier, the only way to know how much wood you are getting is to measure it. Many people have been ripped off because they don't understand what they are buying.
A rick or face cord of firewood can vary drastically from state to state or even from each supplier. Because there is no official measurement, take the time to measure it yourself to see exactly what you are buying.
As with any firewood you buy, make sure it is quality hardwood that has been properly seasoned. Unless you intentionally buy green firewood, the wood you receive should be dry and ready to burn.
The wood should look grey and have splits on the ends. Well seasoned wood takes about 6-12 months depending on the species, so if the firewood delivered looks like it was cut down yesterday, chances are it's not ready to burn.
If you do buy green firewood it should come at a discounted price since the wood will require several months of seasoning before you can burn it. As a general rule hardwoods will require longer to season since they are more dense and softwoods dry out a little bit quicker.
To speed the drying process up even more, split the wood as soon as possible to expose the maximum amount of surface area to the sun and wind which will help dry out the wood faster.