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Choosing a wood moisture meter

Too much moisture can make for a smoky mess

Radio interview source: Paul Laurenzi, vice president of sales and marketing, Delmhorst Corporation










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Building the perfect fire isn't as easy as throwing a log in the fireplace or fire pit and lighting a match. Your firewood has to be cured and dry in order to burn cleanly. Choose wood that has too much moisture, and you're in for a smoky mess. Listen to today's show to hear how a wood moisture meter can tell you immediately if your firewood's ready to burn.

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Is your firewood dry enough to burn efficiently?: Seasoned firewood contains less than 20 percent moisture and generally takes from six to eight months -- and sometimes up to more than a year -- to dry, or cure. Here's how to properly dry firewood and test it for moisture.

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