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My stupid wood is still too high in water content after 2 years !

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by davey, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. davey

    davey New Member

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    Humidity is high here in the northeast and it has been uncovered and exposed to the sun minimally.. but still 35% ?

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  2. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Where and how are you measuring the moisture content?
  3. NYLumberjack914

    NYLumberjack914 Member

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    Where in the northeast
  4. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Northeast where? Red oak? will be a challenge. Is it split and stacked? just checking before
    you have a seizure!!!
  5. davey

    davey New Member

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    Rhode island. I use an inexpensive moisture reader.Got pretty good reviews
  6. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    i need pictures..... some of mine has low moisture but some in the same row has high but I would have thought after 2 years it would be a lot drier than that.....
  7. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    What kind of wood is it? I'm in PA live along a river so we have extra moisture everyday from the morning fog and still don't have anything (other than a few stacks of oak) that have sat 2 years and still that wet. Are you measuring a fresh cut face? My meter was only $25 at lowes and gets the same readings, just about every time compared to my neighbors $80 meter.
    Show us your stacks, maybe some of the pros here (not me) can troubleshoot your set up ;)
  8. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    Sounds about right from what I've seen if it's oak. Single rows or multiple rows?
  9. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Oak takes for ever to dry, even in single rows in the sun off the ground. Luck if its below 25 after two summers.
  10. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I'm a little east of you and find keeping the rain off the stacks helps a little.
    Not a fan of tarps lain directly on top though - they are too tight/close.
    old sheets of plywood / doors, etc. or pallets on top of stacks for an air gap and then << tarp/plastic sheet>>
  11. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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    have had Oak and Hickory take all of 3 + years to get low enough, Even have sugar maple right now that is at 20% and is 2+ years in stacks, granted it is a marginal location though.
  12. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    Is the wood unusually sheltered from the wind, like up against a building? It will slow the process a lot if air can't move through the stack easily.
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  13. BillLion

    BillLion Feeling the Heat

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    That stinks!

    I'm also in the Northeast (CT), and no pro, but that does seem high.

    As others have said some details (type of wood, how long it has been split stacked, location, etc.) would be helpful.
  14. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    Exposure to wind is more important than exposure to sun, for drying times.
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  15. JP11

    JP11 Minister of Fire

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    take your meter to a indoor lumber yard, or into your basement where there's a 2x4 that you can test. should be near single digits.

    JP
  16. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I'm guessing it's just fine. Have you tried burning any of it yet?
  17. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Has it been two full summers?
  18. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

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    From what I understand about oak drying time, you should think of oak as more of an inheritance for your children rather than a quick fix to your own immediate heating needs.
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  19. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    I don't take oak unless it is literally dropped in my yard already split.
  20. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    By where I meant are you measuring the moisture on the outside of the wood? What do you get when you split it open and measure on an inside face?
  21. Clyde S. Dale

    Clyde S. Dale Burning Hunk

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    I too live in the northeast. Seeing this post motivated me to check the moisture of the pin oak I will be burning this winter. It was c/s/s July 2011 so by the time it hits my stove should be 29-30 months seasoned. For now call it about 27 months. Stacked single row facing N-S so it gets the E-W winds we typically have in my area. I took a larger split out of the center of the pile, split it again and took a reading and am below 15%. Give us more info about your stacks/process so we can try and help. Pin Oak 27 mos seasoned.JPG
  22. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    I think your meter is reading low. I've never had firewood that low. When you put it into your palm what reading do you get. Also check unpainted lumber in framing of your house.
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    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    where i'm at in NJ never had a problem with oak seasoned two years. Never measured with meter but wood always burnt well
  24. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Now thats classic.
  25. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Am I the only one who pushes and wiggles the meter until those probes are buried almost nuts deep?

    (hex nuts on the probes, guys...)
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