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How good is your wood? Is it wet..

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.




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So what’s a cord anyway?

Hint. It isn’t whatever fits in the back of a pick up truck.

According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets a cord is a wood stack of 128 square feet. This is often defined as a stack that is 4 feet wide by 4 feet high by 8 feet long.

Another wood measurement  that you will hear often is a face cord– which is 4 feet by 8 feet by a particular length of wood.  For example, an 18 inch face cord would be 4 feet by 8 feet by 18 inches.

So the next time you see a pick up load, dump truck load or carload adivertised , ask your favorite seller exactly how many cords or face cords he will be delivering to make your comparison easier.    You will both be happier if your expectations meet in the middle.

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