Finally broke down and got a General instruments moisture meter after reading how many use them here. I checked wood that has been stored in a shed that's open east and west and gets a good breeze yearly but no rain or sun.My readings were of hickory,oak,cherry,locust,hickory shagbark 9%,cherry,12% locust 12%,and oak at 14%, I plan on burning from this stockpile this winter this wood is all solid as a piece of concrete is too dry wood an issue as far as length of burns etc.Shoulder season wood has been ash,at 14%cut in March and small cherry splits at 15%cut the same time. A dead red elm tested 12% cut same time but was standing in the air dead about 4 years. Thanks for any input. Testing of wood was on ends,and in center sides of splits.