Norway Maple Firewood - 50% Moisture - November 2022
I mentioned that I started to split some of the Norway Maple tree firewood that resulting from the removal of the large tree in our front yard. In a post a couple weeks ago, I talked about how I've started to split some of the larger rounds with my axe. I've taken a slow-but-steady approach to the project and will continue to split this wood over the next few months. The first splits resulted in pieces that I am putting up on a rack to season for the year. I did, however, want to begin to track the moisture content of this freshly cut, green wood. Here, below, is a photo of my moisture meter showing 50% moisture in this piece:
The moisture level that split, dry firewood needs to get to in order to be considered 'seasoned' is below 20% - so we have a long way to go. Norway Maple is known for 'drying quickly', so I'll test this theory by trying to track these freshly split pieces in the coming weeks/months. Will it be ready this season? I doubt it, but we'll figure that out together.
I have tracked some Oak limbs in terms of moisture content over the years, so this Maple tree moisture tracking project will show different data.