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settings on moisture meter12/1/19
my moisture meter has the choice of (white or sugar pine) or (pine or fir)
I have another tester that has the choice of (white pine) or (fir)
Which setting should be used for southern yellow pine?
SYP has a rating of 870 on the Janka hardness scale. In comparison to Yellow Pine or Douglas Fir that have Janka ratings of 690 and 660. I would think that SYP would be closer to Black Cherry that has a Janka rating of 950. I would assume that the density of the different woods is what matters to your meter. So, If your meter has Cherry as an option I think I would lean towards using it.
It depends what kind of moisture meter you are working with. It sounds like you have a dielectric meter (one without pins) so this setting is super important. These meters reference specific gravity (similar to density, but not the same) to determine MC. You want to choose a specie that has a similar specific gravity to southern yellow pine. The SG of SYP is about .55. So as Grant mentioned, if you have a cherry setting, this will give you an accurate result.
thanks for the input. Actually I have 2 meters of the same brand one is the pin-less type and one has pins . It is Dr moisture or something like that. It Dawned on me I should call the company and ask. I will try to remember to do that sometime soon.
Of all the species that grow in North America, southern pine reads lower than the actual by several percent. All other species require only a small correction, if any. It is therefore hard to say what species setting to use, but you could try using Douglas fir and then add 2% MC to any readings...probably the best option.