OK. This had to wait until I bought a wood moisture reader, but there have been alot of posts having to do with drying time of dead standing timber, so I bought a meter and was thrilled with the results. About 2 1/2 months ago, I cut and chopped and split several large standing dead trees. They died as a result of the lower bark being ripped off by family pets (horses). These trees were oak and the wood was not punky in the least. The rounds averaged about 18"-20". After splitting them, I stacked them with space for the air to circulate, and after a month and a half, took them to the basement, which is dug dirt and not heated. Yesterday, I put the meter to the splits. My low reading was 19 and my high was 22! I'm pumped! Why? Because I've got about 20 cord of the stuff.(Obviously, not all from the oaks I tested) Now if I only had time to cut more. I sold a cord to a friend the other day just to help him out, and he said the stuff burned long, hot and dry! I'm pretty anxious to do some tests on some fresh cut dead wood! This meter could just be my latest addiction!!