Correction Tables Pin Type Moistiure Meters Calibrated for Douglas Fir (ATFA)

Table 1 - Temperature correction factors for resistance moisture meters.

(Note: This is wood temperature not air temperature)

Meter Reading % 8% 10% 12% 14% 16% 18% 20% 22% 24%
Wood Temperature Temperature correction to be added to or subtracted from meter reading before applying the species correction factor
15 deg C Nil Nil +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 - -
20 deg C Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil -
25 deg C -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -
30 deg C -1 -1 -1 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2

 

Table 2 - Australian Species correction factors for resistance moisture meters.

(Note that this only contains some common species – refer to AS 1080.1 and FWPRDC report PN01.1306 for a more complete list. The tabled figure are based on the Deltron Moisture Meter. Figures may differ for other meters - refer FWPRDC report PN01.1306 ).

Moisture Reading %   8 % 10% 12% 14% 16% 18% 20% 22% 24% Density
Species Resistance meters are generally calibrated to Oregon (Douglas Fir). Apply the following species corrections after temperature correction. At 12% MC
Oregon (Douglas Fir) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 550
Australian Hardwoods
Yellow Stringybark (NSW) +4 +4 +3 +3 +2 +2 +1 +1 0 900
Red Ironbark Broad Leaved & Red (NSW) +4 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 1100
Grey Ironbark (Qld) +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 1105
Forest Red Gum - Blue Gum (Qld) +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 0 1000
White Mahogany – Honey Mahog. (Qld) +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 1000
River Red Gum (Vic regrowth) +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 No data No data 900
Rose Gum - Flooded Gum (Qld & NSW) +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 0 0 0 0 750
Sydney Blue Gum (NSW) +2 +2 +1 +1 0 0 -1 -1 -1 850
Blackbutt (Qld & NSW) +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 900
Turpentine (Qld & NSW) +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 0 950
Blackbutt (NSW regrowth) +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 0 0 0 No data 900
Grey Ironbark (NSW) +1 +1 +1 +1 0 0 0 0 0 1100
Red Ironbark Narrow Leaved (Qld) +1 +1 +1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1090
Blackwood (Tas) +1 +1 0 0 0 -1 -1 -2 -2 640
Myrtle (Tas) +1 +1 0 0 -1 -1 -2 -2 -2 700
Spotted Gum (Qld Citridora) +1 0 -1 -1 -2 -3 -3 -4 -5 1100
Shining Gum (Vic) +1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -1 700
Jarrah (WA regrowth) 0 0 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 No data 780
Grey Gum (Qld & NSW) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1050
Tallowwood (Qld & NSW) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1000
Alpine Ash (Vic & Tas regrowth) 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -1 No data 650
Mountain Ash (Vic & Tas regrowth) 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -1 No data 650
Messmate (Vic & Tas regrowth) 0 0 0 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 -2 750
Southern Blue Gum (SA plantation) 0 0 -1 -1 -1 -2 -2 -3 -3 700
Spotted Gum (NSW Regrowth Maculata) 0 -1 -1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -5 -6 1100
Brush Box (Qld & NSW) 0 -1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -6 -8 -9 900
Manna Gum - Satin Ash (NSW) -1 -1 -1 -1 -2 -2 -2 -2 -3 800
Imported Hardwoods
European Beech +3 +3 +3 No data No data No data No data No data No data 690
Kwila / Merbau (Malaysia) +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 850
Sugar Maple (Nth America) -1 0 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 No data 740
Softwoods
Araucaria - Hoop Pine (Qld & NSW) +3 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 0 0 550
Radiata Pine (Vic) +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 550
Cypress (Qld & NSW) +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 0 0 700

Note:- No correction factors are published for Gympie Messmate, New England Blackbutt or Northern Box. Oven dry testing is the preferred method for Brush Box.

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Australian Species Correction Table - CSIRO chart 1999

Moisture Content % 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
Trade Common Name Trade Reference Name
Fir, Douglas (DIC)  * Pseudotsuga menziesii 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
Ash, Alpine Eucalyptus delegatensis syn. E. gigantea 10 12 14 16 18 19 21 23 25
Ash, Mountain Eucalyptus regnans 10 12 14 16 18 19 21 23 25
Ash, Silver, Queensland Flindersia bourjotiana 10 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 24
Baltic, White Picea abies syn.P excelsa 10 12 14 16 18 21 23 25 27
Beech, White (Queensland) Gmelina leichhardtii 9 11 13 14 16 18 19 21 23
Blackbutt Eucalyptus pilularis 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25
Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon 9 11 12 14 16 17 19 20 22
Box, Brush (NSW) Tristania conferta 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 -- --
Cedar, Red Toona australis syn. Cedrela toona var. aus. 10 12 14 17 19 21 23 26 27
Cedar, White Melia azedarach var. australasica syn Melia dubia 10 12 14 16 18 19 21 23 24
Coachwood Ceratopetalum apetalum 7 9 11 13 14 16 18 20 22
Fir, Douglas (Vic.) Pseudotsuga menziesii 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25
Gum, Blue, Southern Eucalyptus saligna 10 12 13 15 16 18 19 21 23
Gum, Manna Eucalyptus Viminalis 7 9 11 13 14 16 18 20 21
Gum, Red, Forest Eucalyptus tereticornis 11 12 14 16 18 19 21 23 24
Gum, Red, River Eucalyptus camaldulensis syn. E. rostrata 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27
Gum, Rose Eucalyptus grandis 10 12 14 15 17 18 20 22 24
Gum, Shining Eucalyptus nitens 9 11 12 14 16 18 20 21 23
Gum, Spotted (N.S.W.) Eucalyptus maculata 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 --
Ironbark, Grey Eucalyptus paniculata 9 11 13 15 16 18 20 22 24
Ironbark, Red Eucalyptus sideroxylon 12 13 15 16 18 20 22 23 24
Jarrah Eucalyptus marginata 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25
Karri Eucalyptus diversicolor 8 10 12 13 15 17 18 20 22
Kauri, New Zealand Agathis australis 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19
Mahogany, African Khaya spp. ivorensis 10 12 15 17 19 22 24 26 29
Marri Eucalyptus calophylla 8 9 11 12 13 15 16 17 19
Oak, Silky, Northern Cardwellia sublimis 8 10 12 14 16 17 19 21 23
Oak, Silky White Stenocarpus sinuatus 9 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19
Pine, Cypress, White Callitris columellaris sent. lat. (=C. glauca) 10 11 13 15 17 19 21 22 24
Pine, Hoop Araucaria cunninghamii 11 12 14 16 17 19 21 22 24
Pine, Huon Dacrydium franklinii 10 12 13 15 16 18 19 20 22
Pine, Radiata (NZ) Pinus radiata 8 11 13 16 18 20 23 25 28
Pine, Radiata (Vic.) Pinus radiata 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
Pine, Slash Pinus elliottii 8 10 12 15 18 21 24 -- --
Stringybark, Messmate Eucalyptus capitellata 10 11 13 15 17 19 20 22 24
Tallowwood Eucalyptus  microcorys 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
Teak Tectona grandis 8 9 11 12 14 16 17 19 20
Turpentine Syncarpia glomulifera syn. S. laurifolia 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 24
Woollybutt Eucalyptus longifolia 10 12 14 15 17 19 20 22 24

*NOTE:

  • A. Fir, Douglas (DIC) is the nominal base calibration of the Delmhorst meters.
  • B. Source of data: CSIRO 1974 Special Report, except for Douglas Fir (U.S.), African Mahogany and Teak.
  • C. When using insulated pins, set meter at 2-pin mode or read the 2-pin (insulated pins) scale, depending on meter used.

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Basic specific gravity values of trees found in Australia

basic specific gravity = green volume and oven-dry weight

Common Name Binomial Basic Specific Gravity
Alpine Ash / Stringybark Eucalyptus delegatensis 0.548599333
Ash, Silvertop / Black / Mountain Eucalyptus sieberi 0.703965667
Australian Tallowwood Eucalyptus microcorys 0.86961
Blackbutt / Pink Blackbutt Eucalyptus pilularis 0.733194667
Box, Coast Grey / Bosisto's-Box / Gippsland Grey-Box Eucalyptus bosistoana 0.921344667
Box, Grey / Brown / Gum-Topped Box Eucalyptus moluccana 0.936621333
Box, Red / Red Box Eucalyptus Eucalyptus polyanthemos 0.883978
Box, White / Whitebox Eucalyptus albens 0.932261
Box, Yellow / Honey / Yellow Iron Eucalyptus melliodora 0.909828667
Brigalow / Spearwood Acacia harpophylla 0.883580333
Bunya pine Araucaria bidwillii 0.3929968
Caloon Elaeocarpus ruminatus 0.48
Canary Ash / Yellow Nut Beilschmiedia bancroftii 0.55104
Gum, Forest Red / Queensland Blue / Mountain / Bastard-Box Eucalyptus tereticornis 0.82656
Gum, Grey / Grey Irongum Eucalyptus punctata 0.908355
Gum, Manna / Ribbon / Rough-Bark Manna / White Eucalyptus viminalis 0.613389333
Gum, River Red / Murray Red / Long-Beak Eucalyptus Eucalyptus camaldulensis 0.786093
Gum, Spotted Eucalyptus maculata 0.84
Gum, Sydney Blue / Saligna Eucalyptus Eucalyptus saligna 0.6788648
Ironbark, Narrowleaf Red / Grey / White Eucalyptus crebra 0.94
Ironbark, Broadleaved Red Eucalyptus fibrosa 0.96432
Ironbark, Grey Eucalyptus paniculata 0.921353667
Ironbark, Red / Black / Mugga / Three-Fruit Red Eucalyptus sideroxylon 0.911235333
Jarrah Eucalyptus marginata 0.70602
Karri / Karri Gum Eucalyptus diversicolor 0.7744695
Mahogany, Red / Red Stringybark Eucalyptus resinifera 0.802986
Mahogany, White Eucalyptus acmenioides 0.86961
Maiden's Blush Sloanea australis 0.472819667
Moreton Bay Bean / Moreton Bay Chestnut / Beantree Castanospermum australe 0.63
Peppermint, Black Eucalyptus amygdalina 0.611854
Pine radiata / Guadalupe Island Pinus radiata 0.39
Queensland Maple Flindersia brayleyana 0.47
Red Bloodwood Corymbia gummifera 0.86961
Satinay Syncarpia hillii 0.6801312
Small-Fruited Grey Gum / Gum, Grey Eucalyptus propinqua 0.876395
Stringybark, Small-Leaved / Thin-Leaved / Wilkinson'S Eucalyptus eugenioides 0.7187072
Turpentine Tree Syncarpia glomulifera 0.7