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Red Spruce, Longleaf Pine and Douglas Fir - moisture content and their compressive strength

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Moisture content influence compressive (parallel to grain) strength of Red Spruce, Longleaf Pine and Douglas Fir:

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Indicated strengths are relative to wood containing 2% moisture. 

  • Red Spruce - air dried : 14% moisture content, kiln dried : 6% moisture content
  • Longleaf Pine - green wood : 20 % moisture content
  • Douglas Fir - green wood : 24 % moisture content
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