Moisture Matters Blog

Rx #7: DIAGNOSING CUSTOMER ISSUES

Every so often, but hopefully not too often, a customer has a complaint. Frequently, moisture content (MC) is the potential issue. So, let’s discuss how to use a moisture meter on many types of finished products to obtain the necessary MC information. Read More

Rx #6: MOISTURE METER CHOICES

There are two types of moisture meters used with lumber. One uses pins or needles that are inserted into the piece of wood being tested; the other does not have pins but has a plate that must be in good contact the wood. Which meter is best? There are two answers: Read More

Rx #4: SAMPLING INCOMING LUMBER WITH MOISTURE METERS

Always check the moisture content (MC) of incoming lumber. It is critically important for a wood products manufacturing operation to have lumber that is at the correct moisture content. Failure to achieve this goal often means a loss in quality and, potentially, ... Read More

Rx #3: MEASURING MC WHEN UNLOADING A KILN

Over the last few decades, the processors and users of kiln dried (KD) lumber have become more and more conscious of the importance of achieving the correct final moisture content (MC). These users appreciate that incorrect MC does affect the quality of their product. ... Read More

Rx #2: Selecting Kiln Samples to Test with Moisture Meters

PRACTICAL USES FOR MOISTURE METERS FOR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN WOOD MANUFACTURING KILN DRYING BASICS For kiln drying all hardwood, and some softwood, the basic kiln operation process is: Read More

Rx #1: MOISTURE & WOOD INTERACTION

PRACTICAL USES FOR MOISTURE METERS FOR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN WOOD MANUFACTURING WHY MC? Why do wood people worry so much about MC? In my 50 years in this wood manufacturing industry, I estimate that 75% of the manufacturing problems with wood are related to incorrect ... Read More

Introducing the IWF Tradeshow Guest Blog Series with the Wood Doctor!

The 2018 International Woodworking Fair (IWF) tradeshow is just around the proverbial corner, and Delmhorst is proud to be a part of this world-class woodworking event! The IWF tradeshow brings together hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of professionals to address ... Read More