If you're unsure about the moisture content of your fuel, consider using a moisture meter. These devices are specifically designed to measure the moisture content of wood and can provide accurate readings. You want wood that has a moisture content of 15% or less. Keeping your fuel properly seasoned is essential for efficient and clean burning in stoves and fireplaces.

  1. Appearance:

    Wet Wood: Wet wood often appears darker and may have a shiny or damp look. It might feel cool to the touch.

    Green Wood: Green wood tends to have a fresher appearance, with a higher moisture content. The bark might be tightly attached, and the wood may feel heavier than seasoned wood

  2. Weight:

    Wet Wood: Wet wood is heavier than dry wood due to the water content. Lift a piece of wood—if it feels unusually heavy, it may be wet.

    Green Wood: Green wood is also heavier than seasoned wood. The higher moisture content contributes to its weight.

  3. Sound:

    Wet Wood: When two pieces of wet wood are knocked together, they may produce a dull thud rather than a sharp, resonant sound.

    Green Wood: Green wood can also produce a less resonant sound compared to well-seasoned wood.

  4. Cracks and Checks:

    Wet Wood: Wet wood is less likely to have cracks or checks because the moisture content prevents the wood from drying and developing these features.

    Green Wood: Green wood may have visible cracks or checks as it dries unevenly.

  5. Burning Characteristics:

    Wet Wood: Wet wood tends to produce a lot of steam and smoke when burned. The fire may struggle to ignite and stay lit.

    Green Wood: Green wood also produces more smoke and can be challenging to burn efficiently.