Moisture meter for firewood and lumber?

AndrewU

New Member
Dec 1, 2019
25
Sedro-Woolley WA
I need a moisture meter, but I'd like to just get 1 that will work well for both firewood and lumber as I'll be chainsaw milling some logs. Prefer pinless so as not to damage the lumber. But I read some stuff about the pinless not being as good for firewood, so wanted to check the hive mind here. Search didn't turn up anything very recent here on the lumber and firewood issue.
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
2,965
Eastern Ontario
I have been using a moisture meter with points on lumber that was or will be used
in furniture making for 35 years. Can,t say I have seen point marks in any custom
furniture I have made. Then again I check moisture in rough-cut lumber before it is
run over a jointer and through a planer which would remove any marks.
Never used a point meter on finished wood never had a need too and if I did
I would use it on the underside or a hidden joint or end grain where it would not be seen
Note fairly good meters can be had for under 50$ that work well for firewood and
the weekend woodworker
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
21,926
central pa
As a cabinet maker I used moisture meters allot. And never trusted the pinless meters. I was always able to avoid the pin holes.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,500
Downeast Maine
I purchased a pinless hygrometer thinking the exact same thing, but it is very inconsistent.
 

Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,225
Northern Maine
I use pins for both lumber and firewood.