Wood Moisture

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Why Burn Dry Wood?

- More efficient
- Save time and money
- Less creosote build-up
- Less stove maintenance
- Better for the air

Signs of Dry Wood:

- Cracked and checkered ends
- Light weight for its size
- Hollow sound when knocked together
- Moisture Meter reading of 20% or less

Signs You're Burning Wet Wood:

- Dirty stove windows
- Smoldering fires
- Smoke exiting the chimney

Moisture Levels:

- Living trees - up to 60%
- Standing dead - up to 50%
- Dry wood - less than 20%

Buying Dry Wood:

- Moisture Disclosure Program
- Buy wood from a seller who tells you the moisture  content of the wood you buy
- Measure the wood yourself with a meter
-Wood Moisture Temperature Corrections (PDF)
- If you buy wet wood, wait for it to dry before burning
- If you must burn wet wood, mix it with compressed  wood logs
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Seasoning Firewood:

Curing Firewood in Interior Alaska (CCHRC) (PDF 1.7M)

Build a Modular Wood Shed (PDF)

Split, Stack, Store, & Save (PDF 10.6M)

  1. Cut logs to length
  2. Split at least twice
  3. Neatly stack pieces
  4. Leave room for air flow
  5. Cover or store in an open air wood shed
  6. Let dry for at least 6 of the warmer months