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Mysterious Moisture Measurements

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by cg711, Oct 24, 2008.

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  1. cg711

    cg711 New Member

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    I had some choke cherry that I had cut into 18" logs and stacked early April - I split it about 3 weeks ago with the intent to save it for next year but found the moisture in the middle of the splits to be 21%. Decided to use it now and noticed some smokey burns when running in the low air mode. I have a regency I3100 insert that I run 15 min at full air then 15min at 1/2 air before I choke it down to the low burn setting.
    Split some of the largest pieces and verified the 21% in the middle but as I move to the outside of the piece I notice moisture at 27 % and above. I thought that wood seasoned from the outside-in mine seems to be seasoning from the inside- out.
    Whats going on ??

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  2. brogsie

    brogsie Feeling the Heat

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    I would guess the wood was wet on the outside from rain or moisture picked up from the ground.
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Was that cherry standing when you cut it or was it already on the ground? In the past we've cut cherry in the late winter/early spring and burnt it the following winter with no problem.

    This serves as sort of a reminder that wood should be split in the spring and then seasoned during the warm summer months.
  4. Bill

    Bill Minister of Fire

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    A few weeks before burning season I like to get my wood inside the barn. I don't think rain does you any good. Next thing I am going to make is a wood shed.
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