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  1. #1
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    Just wondering what % dryness everyone is looking for in there wood. I've got wood ranging from 8% to 16%. What's the nominal percentage ?

  2. #2
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    8-16 is good. I burn anything under 20 percent.
    Jake
    smoky lake 2x6 drop flue SSR on homemade arch
    115 taps on gast 1550 and Bernard releaser
    120 on gravity
    24x12 sugar house
    2019 Kubota L2501 work horse

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    I have never checked my wood moisture. Everything we burn is dead ash and well seasoned.
    1986-2002 2x6 Leader evaporator 150 taps drop tubes
    Life happens
    2015 130 taps drop tubes and sap sacs
    2016 225 taps drop tubes and sap sacs
    2017 300+? MicRO single membrane
    2019 325 taps 81 gallons made, most ever for us
    2020 2x6 Smoky Lake evaporator 400 taps with 160 on a guzzler pump
    2021..... a lot more line and vacuum

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    Same - under 20% is what I’m aiming for.
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

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    When checking the moisture content do not check it in the end grain. That gives a false reading. Split a piece of wood in half and check it in the center. That will give you a true reading.

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