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Moisture Meter

Post in 'The Gear' started by USMC80, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    Looking for recommendations on a reliable meter. Seen some pretty expensive ones out there but unsure what to get. Looking to spend between 20-40 dollars. Are there decent ones out there for that price?

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  2. Bret Hart

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  3. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I have the HF MM, but I have no idea how accurate is. It appears to be directionally correct (drier wood measure lower than wetter wood). I guess I could oven dry some wood and calculate the accuracy, but I don't have the time or inclination to do so....or a precision scale.

    Unless I wanted to check the wood I was buying for moisture content (to make sure the "seasoned" wood I bought was seasoned), I wouldn't buy a MM if I had to do it over again. Time c/s/s is a much better indicator than a digital meter.
  4. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    I have a harbor freight model and it is decent though I don't use it much. I changed the batteries to Duracell if I remember right and that did read quite a bit different than the chepos it came with. It got tested next to my buddies $80 moisture meter and it was within 2% difference after the battery swap before it was around a 6% difference. Not bad for 12 bucks.

    Pete
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  6. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    In appreciation of your past or present service, I'd be willing to send you mine free of charge (I'll have to look tonight for the brand), I have no use for it.
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  7. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    That's very cool of you. What kind of past/current service do I need to have to get the 372 shipped to me?:p
  8. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    Wow that is a incredible gesture sir!

    Surely someone else will be in need though as I have just ordered a cheapy off of amazon

    thanks again!
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  9. Valhalla

    Valhalla Minister of Fire

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    Using a General MM1E that I picked up at a local country hardware store.
    It proves that my seasoned splits are dry and all else needs to stay in the shed.

    While not quite a MIL spec tool, it gets the job done and for a fair price.
  10. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    My harbor freight one has always agreed with my thoughts on how wet the wood should be, so very happy with it but I do not use it that often just for fun.

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