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New moisture meter - can this be right?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Kamchatka, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Kamchatka

    Kamchatka New Member

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    Haven't even got the stove set up yet, but we're busily collecting wood for a few years out. Husband cut a dead burr oak that died in the drought of 2011. He was sure it was dry. I was sure it wasn't. So he split a log for me and it measured 20%. From everything I've read on here that's practically impossible. The tree WAS hollow inside - been a den tree for years. Could that be a factor? Or is it more likely that my (er... cheap) moisture meter isn't quite up to snuff?

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  2. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    How deep did the pins go? Being hollow will help a little, especially if you have a lot of wind blowing through that "tunnel." Your M.M. reading could be corrected for species and give you a higher moisture reading. Just some random thoughts....
  3. oldspark

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    Its possible, I'm betting the whole tree is not that dry.
  4. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Put the pins on the palm of your hand. Normal hands are around 33%
  5. Kamchatka

    Kamchatka New Member

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    Thanks for the tip, gzecc!

    Okay, that was easy enough. Must have sweaty palms, though -- 34. But, of course, as oldspark said, the whole tree may be another story. The log I tested was about 9" in diameter before it was split. Still... it starts seasoning now fer sure.
  6. Soundchasm

    Soundchasm Feeling the Heat

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    I've found that limbwood can be ready surprisingly fast, but stumpwood can be surprising not ready for a lot longer. 9" isn't exactly small, but if it came from the top of the tree, that might be part of the explanation.

    You'll probably be vindicated when you split the round from ground level. :cool:
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  7. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Soundchasm is correct, the upper limbs could be dry as a bone in the desert while the trunk is as wet as a morning diaper. I dropped a long dead standing white oak last year and the upper limbs were burn ready but the trunk oozed moisture as the wedge went into the wood. It will be 3 years before I think about burning the oak.
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  8. oldspark

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    You have to check it on a fresh split or fresh cut, having 20% on the outside means 25% or more on the inside.
  9. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    I guess a wet morning diaper would ooze a little moisture :)
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  10. oldspark

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    Fresh cut not fresh shiit.:);):p
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  11. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Probably a perfect read. There is also a accuracy deviation on these cheap monitors. Probably up to 8%. So your good.
  12. Bluezx636

    Bluezx636 New Member

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    34 is correct for palm reading
  13. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Not too deep or it will read 100%!!!

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