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Offline jmur1

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Wood Moisture Meter
« on: May 06, 2021, 04:59:38 PM »
Curious if any folks on here have bothered with a wood moisture meter.  I am curious to try one out but would be more than happy to hear comments on good or bad or preferred brand or any other feedback.  There are getting quite cheap $20 for the lower models and up to $500 for the higher end.  I imagine you get what you pay for to a point.  
I am pretty good with the old weight/color/crack method  but recently Ive been splitting alot of unusual woods (for me) so a meter may help out. 

Let me know.
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Re: Wood Moisture Meter
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2021, 05:35:22 AM »
Now that I'm too old to climb up on the roof to clean the chimney, I've become a believer in moisture meters. Last year I "metered" the  wood I burned to 17% moisture or less. I didn't have to clean he chimney once. 
The complication is that you have to split the wood again to get a realistic reading. To test, I split about one piece in ten. The bottom of the stacks tended to be wetter as did some species like rock maple. I restacked the moist stuff and will use it next year.
My meter was a cheapie from Harbor Freight.

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Re: Wood Moisture Meter
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2021, 08:53:15 PM »
I got a moisture meter for Christmas.  Its an unknown brand from Amazon. Has a mode selector to select a species... 
Ive found a range when checking a piece of wood, as the little probes dont go very deep into the wood and its hard to push them far into dry wood.  Easy to get 15% on the outside, then split it and check what was the middle and see it in the 20s.   
To really show some folk at a party that you know dry wood, smear some dish soap on one end of a dry looking piece, blow on the other and make bubbles.  People will be amazed.  

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Re: Wood Moisture Meter
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2021, 10:54:29 PM »
Yes I use a cheap one. 
Once I started using it, I was amazed that wood I previously thought was dry based on appearance and 'knocking' sound wasn't as dry as I would have hoped. 

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