Firewood Moisture Content
Determining your firewood’s moisture content is very important. Because burning green wood or wet wood (green wood is a term for wood that still has water in it) will cause creosote to build up in your chimney over time and can lead to a chimney fire. Nobody wants that. But chimney fires are a popular thing, unfortunately.
Another reason you want to determine your firewood moisture content is to make sure it burns at its maximum potential so it can heat your home or shop or where ever you burn wood.
Think of it this way, if you’re going to take the time to cut and split your firewood or outright buy it from somebody, wouldn’t you want to get the most out of it? You can do just that by purchasing a moisture meter. Next, I’ll tell you which one to get and how to use it.
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Firewood Moisture Meter
I recommend the one from General Tools. Its simple to use and accurate. You just push the button and press the two pins on the piece of wood you want to test and look at the screen to see what it is. For firewood, you want to see 20 or less.
That means it’s properly seasoned and ready to provide you with heat. So throw it into the fire and relax. You can pick it up on Amazon here, Moisture Meter. You won’t regret the comfort it will give you in knowing your firewood is safe to burn!
Tips For Seasoning Your Firewood
There are a few different things you can do to help dry out your firewood a little faster. The number one tip is stacking off it off the ground. Wood absorbs moisture, so stacking it on the ground defeats your intended purpose.
Also, stack it where the wind and sun can hit it. That will help the seasoning process dramatically.
A rule of thumb is most wood needs about a year to fully season. Some longer, like oak, and some can be burned sooner, like ash. But for the most part, it needs at least a year.
So do your research to find out how long for whatever type or firewood you got.
Burning firewood should be fun and relaxing, not over the top dangerous. So pick your self up a moisture meter and test it before you burn it.
As time goes on, you’ll be able to tell if the wood is dry or not by looking at it. But if you’re a beginner, be safe and use a moisture meter! And lastly, here is a video on how to use them.