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Moisture meter?

I'm looking to buy a moisture meter to determine dryness of my firewood. Any brands of meter that you recommend? How much is it necessary to spend to get a decently accurate one?

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Re: Moisture meter?

Cisco, any reason you are thinking you need a moisture meter?
I would use a Harbor Freight one. Make certain to split the wood before you test it. Said differently. Let the wood season for 8 plus months. Then before testing split wood piece again to test moisture. Under 20% or upper teens is about all your going to get.

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Re: Moisture meter?

Sorry the rest of your questions. $20 is about what I spent. Try to avoid the two prong models. Without heat you will be hard pressed to get under 15% moisture (measured by weight).

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Re: Moisture meter?

Is there a problem with the two prong type meters?

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Re: Moisture meter?

There is no "problem". The moisture measurement is only for the wood between the prongs.

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Re: Moisture meter?

Moisture meters are primarily used for finished boards used for furniture or cabinet building. Could be used for firewood but season for a year and good to go and save $20 or more on a meter

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Used the Harbor Freight meter today. Worked like a charm. Thanks for the advice.

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What readings are you getting? Did you get the PM saying the "pine tree" is wood? The other symbol is for hard surfaces, like concrete etc.

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Yep used the right setting. All readings were between 14 and 17. Good to burn I guess. Found the device very easy to use and very accurate.

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Moisture meters are primarily used for finished boards used for furniture or cabinet building. Could be used for firewood but season for a year and good to go
Well, to a point. That's relative to the actual type of wood you are drying. The denser woods, not an accurate satatement. If I cut Live Locust or Red Oak today, split, stack, and start the seasoning process, I will not want to burn it next fall. It simply will not be ready, and will create too much chimney creosote build-up. That stuff is better left to 2 years worth of seasoning.

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