Faden [German]

In Germany, a unit used for measured quantities of fuelwood. Literally, “twine,” and analogous to the English unit the cord. Like the cord, the Faden was defined in terms of standard dimensions for a pile of wood.

Some of the old German wood measures are:

Unit English Translation Length in Fuß Height in Fuß Depth in Fuß Typical value of Fuß Volume in cubic meters
königliche Forstmass, Kammermaß royal forest-unit, room unit 8 7 2 29.135 2.76
Brauermaß brewer unit 8 8 1 Fuß 22 Zoll   1.52–2.75
Holzhofmaß wood yard unit 7 7 1½–2   1.75—2.34
Holzhoffaden, Stadtfaden wood yard cord, city cord 6⁶⁄₇ 6⁶⁄₇ 1½—2   1.68—2.24
Bergfaden, Hudefaden mountain cord, 6²⁄₁₅ 6²⁄₁₅ 1½–2   1.34–1.79
Bergmaß mountain unit 6 6 1½—2   1.28–1.71
Hudenmaß   6 6 2—3   1.71–2.57
unit of the Holzdeputats of the St. Michaelis monastery   6 6   1.28

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