So is your wood wet, it is dry and what is the difference?
When we talk about wet and dry we are talking about how long it has been since the tree was cut down and what has happened since then-not whether it rained last night.
Was the tree cut and left where it fell or was it cut into lengths and split?
What has happened to the wood since the tree was cut goes to how seasoned the wood is which really means what is the moisture content?
Often seller will advertise his or her wood and buyers will make decisions based on how long wood has been down with longer being better. For most wood types a year or more is often the most desirable
According to the Wood Heat Organization an ideal moisture content for firewood about 15 to 20 percent. Less moisture and wood burns too fast and more moisture leads to a poor slow burn or trouble lighting a fire.
So that is great but how do I know what the moisture content is, or how wet the wood is?
The most accurate method is humidity meter which merely requires that probes ofthe meter be pressed against the object to be tested. An inexpensive option that appears to work well from limited testing may be found for about $20 on Amazon here.
By using a moisture meter the playing field between a wood buyer and seller is leveled since the buyer can verify whether his load of firewood is truly wet or dry. Seller or no seller, a meter can help the wood burner troubleshoot problems with poor burning firewood.