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Wood moisture meter recommendations

Post in 'The Gear' started by bjorn773, Nov 15, 2007.

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  1. bjorn773

    bjorn773 Member

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    The more I hang around this site, the more I read about the importance of a moisture meter. I guess I've been running blind for the past several years. I didn't have a stove or flue thermometer(have both now). Evidently, I don't really know how dry my wood is either. I has all been seasoned for a minimum of one year, but if I understand correctly that does not necessarily mean it's dry. So, any insight on these moisture meters and what brand/model may be recommended will be appreciated.

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  2. MuckSavage

    MuckSavage Member

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    I have a cheapie from Harbor Freight. A few members of this site recommended it.
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    bjorn, i also have the cheapie from h.f. it works fine for what i need.
  4. Nofossil

    Nofossil Moderator Emeritus

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    Probably a few threads on this. I bought mine off of eBay - I don't think HF had one at the time. Also mentioned before - make sure you measure on a freshly cut or split surface.

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  5. bjorn773

    bjorn773 Member

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    Thanks, I had no idea HF had them. So to properly check seasoned wood, I need to cut a piece open to be accurate?
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    bruce56bb New Member

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    yes, that's the one.
  8. My_3_Girls

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    I don't want to stir this up any more that it already is, but why do you need a moisture meter to burn wood????? It's either dry (not hissing, not bubbling out the end, not popping) or it's not. I like gadgets as much as the next person, but I'll save the $$$ for another toy.
  9. DiscoInferno

    DiscoInferno Minister of Fire

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    Perhaps to evaluate your stacks of wood before the burning season starts, to see which are dryest and which need more time?
  10. Nofossil

    Nofossil Moderator Emeritus

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    Those of us in the gasifier world need to know. These units will burn dang near anything, but they're kinda sensitive to moisture content, especially at startup.

    Besides - half the reason for doing this is to justify more toys, isn't it?
  11. ozarkjeep

    ozarkjeep New Member

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    and its $20

    what other more beneficial toy for woodburning will $20 buy?
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