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Given oak with a MC of 16, is this wood considered dry if it has been dried outside (in a shed) and is now stored covered outside? I first I did not think so, but I started researching and found that wood will reach a moisture content based upon relative humidity(Equilibrium Moisture Content). The below document shows the Equilibrium Moisture Content for select cities in the US. The location of this wood is pretty close to Gainesville, FL which shows the Equilibrium Moisture Content would be around 15.9 for August and 16 for September. So considering this information, does a moisture content of 16 mean the wood is "dry"?

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/fpl_pdfs/fplrn268.pdf
 

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Given oak with a MC of 16, is this wood considered dry if it has been dried outside (in a shed) and is now stored covered outside? I first I did not think so, but I started researching and found that wood will reach a moisture content based upon relative humidity(Equilibrium Moisture Content). The below document shows the Equilibrium Moisture Content for select cities in the US. The location of this wood is pretty close to Gainesville, FL which shows the Equilibrium Moisture Content would be around 15.9 for August and 16 for September. So considering this information, does a moisture content of 16 mean the wood is "dry"?

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/fpl_pdfs/fplrn268.pdfhttp://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/fpl_pdfs/fplrn268.pdfhttp://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/fpl_pdfs/fplrn268.pdf
i am a little further south in fla, and i don't belive the wood will dry down much more due to the humity in fla, i would use it, now if it is going up to northern states than you may have some problum's due to heat in the winter inside the house ? i have a 10x10 metal shed that i stand all my oak and other wood up , it get down to 10 or so moisture content, i have used lot's of it and never no problum's, and i have used other wood's as well, i check the moisture cont. in all the wood , if it is 10 or so i use it, now i buy wood that is kiln dried and it will regain moisture so i wouldn't worry about it , maybe bring some wood into the shop for later use?? i have lot's of storage all around the top of my shop for all kind's of wood, than use from this stock. good luck del
 

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It's probably close enough but I wood be a little leery if the wood is still covered outside. I would bring it indoors and acclimate it for a couple of weeks. Whenever I am acclimating air dried wood, I stack and sticker it being sure that air can pass freely between the layers.
 

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Given oak with a MC of 16, is this wood considered dry if it has been dried outside (in a shed) and is now stored covered outside? I first I did not think so, but I started researching and found that wood will reach a moisture content based upon relative humidity(Equilibrium Moisture Content). The below document shows the Equilibrium Moisture Content for select cities in the US. The location of this wood is pretty close to Gainesville, FL which shows the Equilibrium Moisture Content would be around 15.9 for August and 16 for September. So considering this information, does a moisture content of 16 mean the wood is "dry"?

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/fpl_pdfs/fplrn268.pdf
I live in Alachua, and with the weather we've had the last few months, I don't thing it will dry out any more....as you know, humidity has been a killer, this year.....
 

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I live in Alachua, and with the weather we've had the last few months, I don't thing it will dry out any more....as you know, humidity has been a killer, this year.....

Thanks for the information. I actually live south of Jacksonville, and the wood I was looking at was a listing from Craig's list near Deland. Do you know where I can get rough cut lumber in the Gainesville area? My mother lives in Gainesville, so I am occasionally in your area.

 
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