I posted some time ago about poor secondary combustion in my Mansfield. So, I ordered a moisture meter. I stuck it in my hand (read 36%). I stuck it in some door trim (2%). I stuck it in some planed, dry walnut that for making picture frames (2%). I stuck it in one of my log cabin's logs (0%). I go out and get some firewood and split the splits. Red oak that has been in the woodshed for 2 years (28%). Black locust drying for two years (35%). Both seem unreal numbers. Then, I got a 10" long piece of 1"x6" oak that was left over from when I sided my barn FOUR YEARS AGO. Again, 1"x6"x10". I use this stuff for kindling. I split it into about 5 pieces, and test the interior of the wood: 28% Zuh? Does anyone know if temperature affects these things (it's a cheap Chinese made meter with four prongs, digital readout). The instruction are written in broken English (actually pretty funny to read), but doesn't give any info on the "correct temperature". Should I assume "STP" (standard temp and pressure, for you non-engineer/scientific/chemistry types)? I have no "benchmark" known moisture content wood to go off of. This thing says it's accurate between 2% to (I think) 40%, with +/- 1% accuracy.