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Wood Moisture below the Reading Scale

Post in 'The Gear' started by soupy1957, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. soupy1957

    soupy1957 Minister of Fire

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    Had a friend and his wife stop by last night, from South Carolina, who are up here in CT for a vacation........I was demonstrating the Moisture Meter I use, and grabbed a piece of wood from the wood ring in the living room.

    I stuck the pronges into the split side of the wedge in my hands, and all I got was dash marks on the reading face. That didn't make sense, so I set the pronges on the skin of my arm and got a typical reading such as I've gotten before when I did that. At least that proved that it wasn't the batteries,..............(phew).

    This is sorta a continuation of another discussion we were having, about wood that is TOO dry, and yet it's not really. Obviously the wood moisture was below the measurable level of the meters default range, but what IS the "default" range? Zero Percent?

    If ALL the splits of wood in my wood ring are THAT dry..............my first few fires should be rather ...........well.............they should eat the wood like butter!!

    Makes me want to wet the wood!!

    -Soupy1957

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  2. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    Resplit that piece and take a reading from inside the split.
  3. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I can stick my meter into some splits and get readings in the single digits and once split in half it's much more.
  4. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    If we measured wood moisture from the outside, seasoning would be really fast!
  5. soupy1957

    soupy1957 Minister of Fire

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    It's a fairly thin split to BEGIN with.........(the one I checked)

    -Soupy1957
  6. Capt

    Capt Burning Hunk

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    So what is the point then? Do you only plan to burn THIN splits? Or is it kindling?
  7. ANeat

    ANeat New Member

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    Yep I got some poplar that I split up pretty small for kindling and it checks -0-

    Suprised it just doesent spontaniously combust ;)
  8. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    You have to stare at it a little longer. :lol:
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Dunno. They come in different flavors. Meter come with a user's manual? If so, you might check that. Rick
  10. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    Which one do yu hav(MM) i think the HF one is 6%.
  11. ANeat

    ANeat New Member

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    Mine is a General brand, goes from 5% to 50%

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