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post #1 of 3 Old 03-19-2008, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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There is a mill down the road that I can buy rough cut pine/fir, but it is quiet green. Its real cheap and some times they have bundles of mismatch cutoff really really cheap. I was wondering about getting some and drying it to use for drawer material. What is a good moisture meter for under $100.
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Here is my advice, take it for what it is worth. I have a sawmill and a kiln so I am not talking out of my hat, but some may disagree anyway, which is fine.
A guy can spend upwards of $500 for a moisture meter....but what if it goes on the blink and is reading wrong ? My advice is buy 2 cheap ones (different brands)and use them both on every piece (that is what I do) You don't need to know down to the 100ths of's just gonna change tomorrow anyway. Wood goes up and down in moisture relative to it's environment.
You can get 2 decent ones for less than $100, check them against each other. The 2 cheap ones I have been using for over 5 years are always within a percent of each other, so I know I am good. I would still be paranoid and use two expensive ones if I could justify it, just to double check anyway.
I am not suggesting these here exactly, just showing you you can get inexpensive ones. That is my $.02.

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I have that exact moisture meter that HF sales. I don't know how accurate it is but it does give me an idea of where I stand with my wood I have drying. For the money, You kinda can't not atleast give it a shot, and maybe if you know someone with a different one you could compare the readings or like Daren said, just buy 2 different one's. $.02

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