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Wet season wood and moisture meters

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Rich L, Dec 28, 2008.

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  1. Rich L

    Rich L Minister of Fire

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    I needed to buy a cord of seasoned wood and went on craig's list to see what was available.Plenty of wood available just can't trust that it's seasoned even when it's advertised as such.I was about to get a moisture meter then it dawned on me that with all the rain we've been getting even if the wood is seasoned and soaked the meter may not be able to give an accurate reading.Anyone have any clarity on this scenario?

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  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    You need to split the wood and test the center. Rain soaked wood doesn't get wet to the core.
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I agree.

    Wood is not a sponge...unless it is already punky. After a rain, it doesn't take long at all for that outside moisture to dry.
  4. Rich L

    Rich L Minister of Fire

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    My thanks to you gentlemen.I will get that moisture meter.
  5. drdoct

    drdoct Feeling the Heat

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    Just make sure if your getting it delivered that you agree that it will be tested for moisture and what % will be rejected. If you're picking it up then be sure to bring a splitting maul to wack them in 2 to get the reading. Then be prepared to try everyone listed because your chance of finding dry seasoned wood is pretty slim. There is some out there probably, but hard to find. Good Luck!
  6. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I wish you success, but good luck finding truly seasoned wood. I split some of a white oak today that had been standing dead for at least a year. We had the tree cut down and bucked in October. A fresh split was 35%, and would have probably been higher if I could have gotten the prongs buried. In any event, I got a face cord split and stacked in the barn at my grandmother's this afternoon. I'll test it again this time next year and see if it's ready to burn!
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    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    White oak will take 18mos - 2yrs to dry, after split and stacked correctly.
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