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Forum topic by Monte Pittman posted 11-12-2013 11:21 PM 1022 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Monte Pittman

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11-12-2013 11:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip pine

I am cutting up the logs that were cut down 19 days ago. Thought I would show the moisture in fresh cut beetle kill

This is one cut up a couple weeks

And then the elm I cut about a month ago

The pictures are intentionally upside down so you can read the gage

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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 11:35 PM

Wow ! That’s some moist wood !

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 11:56 PM

That is fairly low in a short period of time…Is that air dried or have you built a kiln?
What % do you get your lumber dried to prior to making something? I always let my lumber get below 10% before I use it.
When I got my sinker cypress the moisture content was between 65-70%...but of course, the log was submerged underwater for 150+ years

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 11:56 PM

I suppose the beetles boring into the wood cause moisture, especially in rainy season to go down the bores and get trapped there. Once the wood start to season, it makes sense that the outer layer dries faster than the inside. This is becoming a big problem in states like Ar, OK, MO and so on as I have noticed that many oak threes are being infested with these beetles and killed as the result. The prevention so far has been to refrain from moving fire wood too much of a distance, especially if all the fire wood is not used in the winter month; these buggers are spreading pretty fast.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 11:59 PM

I usually have it below 10%. Mainly wanted to show how low it is when it’s freshly cut. Just the nature of the beast.

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 12:45 AM

It is amazing how much moisture they hold. A human’s body is somewhere around 55-70% I think. OH, p.s. Nice to see your smiling face. :) Hope things are going well.

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 12:51 AM

That seems un nature to be that low in such a short period. Wish my logs would dry that fast.

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 11-13-2013 12:55 AM

According to the forest service, by the time a pine tree turns brown from the beetles, it has already lost 75% of its moisture.

Greg, one of my goals for this year was to build a kiln. The only thing I got done was the plans to build it. I guess it is now on next years list.

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 01:08 AM

Interesting stuff. With the humidity we have here in SE Louisiana I amazed that the wood ever gets dry enough to use in a project. Of course it’s really cold here tonight – in the low 50s and projected to get into the low 40s-upper 30’s. Bet you guys would trade that high humidity for our milder temps – or maybe not, especially in the Summer :-)

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 01:13 AM

cajunpen, I live next door in the Ozarks and we are supposed to dip into the 18 degrees tonight. Then Monday back in the 70’s.

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 11-13-2013 01:15 AM

This past summer we consistently had the highest humidity I have ever seen. Our normal is rarely above 45%. We stayed from 65%-95% all summer.

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#11 posted 11-13-2013 04:28 PM

Never seen wood so dry after such a short down time. Was it standing dead, or is that just the way it is from the beetles? And you are right about the humidity, never seen it so moist in the Pacific NW before!

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