Firewood moisture metesr are perhaps the most important tool for helping you to ensure that you get the most out of your fireplace/stove. Your firewood moisture meter can help you make sure that you are getting well seasoned wood. Please don't get me
wrong - there are many firewood suppliers out there who know their business and when they say that their firewood is well seasoned then it is. You may well find that these firewood suppliers are booked solid so try to get your orders in with them over the
summer. A firewood moisture meter will help to confirm that their wood is indeed well seasoned and let you gauge exactly how well seasoned it is.
Conversely there are also firewood suppliers out there who supply firewood, claiming it is seasoned,
when in fact it far from it. The first you will know of it may well be when you notice that your woodburning stove isn't giving out any heat and that the window is getting tarred up. It doesn't just stop there burning unseasoned wood will tar up your chimney
(increasing the risk of chimney fire) as well as reducing the life of your woodburning stove and chimney. Burning unseasoned wood is inefficient and results in high levels of particulates, which is bad for health. In terms of how much heat you get out of your
wood stove the moisture content of your firewood is probably the single most important thing to consider.
Firstly it makes sense to check with the supplier what type of firewood you are getting, it may be well seasoned, or the supplier may
give you an assessment of the dryness of the wood anywhere from freshly processed to partially dry.
If the firewood is well seasoned then it should have a moisture content of 20% or lower, a few logs at around 25% isn't too bad as long as most
of the load is under that If the firewood is a lot wetter than this then it is not actually seasoned firewood; it's a load of chopped logs that will one day be seasoned firewood when you have dried (seasoned) them. If after having used your firewood
moisture meter the wood turns out to be wet, and the supplier is claiming that it it well seasoned, you should either pay less for the wood and store it up until it is dry, or send it back.
Please ask me to check your
firewood and see if its efficient for burning for free.