Question about Moisture readings

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New Member
Jan 5, 2022
New Zealand
So I've have alot 4x4 pine blocks sitting outside , not covered but stacked on pallets as it's ment to be summer where I live now.

They've been cut and stacked for about 3 months no top cover but we have had rain on and off . I've recently made a shed with open sides and put them in there .

So about a week later I split a few open and they read 30% on the split face . I went back 2 or 3 hours later and they all read 20% .

So my question is as I'm abit confused is did the pine act as a sponge from the rain and ramp the Moisture reading up ? Or is it normal for wood to immediately dry that fast ?


Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
Long Island NY

Also, if they are square blocks stacked (flat surface on flat surface), it won't dry very well as compared to split rounds