Green Wood Chips Moisture

Green wood chips have been traditionally considered a waste product and have been historically used as a source for pulp used to make paper and as an organic mulch in landscaping. Neither use has required a tight control of green wood chips moisture.

Recently, however, green wood chips have become popular as a biomass fuel. As a fuel, it has forced exploding growth in the biomass furnace industry. To work most efficiently, furnace manufacturers have had to identify and define optimum green wood chips moisture. Fortunately, despite what might have been a difficult transition from a waste product to a biomass fuel, it is possible to control moisture in green wood chips with existing technology.

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Why Moisture Content Matters

The energy available from green wood chips is directly proportional to the moisture in the chips. To make the fuel in green wood chips available, biomass furnaces must first convert the moisture in the wood chips to steam. The higher the amount of moisture in the wood chips, the more energy required to convert it to steam before the fuel is available. To ensure the efficacy of their furnaces, manufacturers build their furnaces to operate at a very specific range of green wood chips moisture.


Unsurpassed in performance, our sensors can accurately measure  moisture within tenths of a percent of most applications


MoistTech sensors withstand the test of time and are low to zero maintenance


Rely on MoistTech’s NIR moisture sensors to never drift or need re-calibration


A moisture measurement system is essential for the production process and in some cases will pay for itself in less than 30 days

Exceeding Expectations

Being built to outperform existing moisture measurement systems, the IR-3000 exceeds most expectations for moisture measurement instrumentation. Its features include:

  • Non-contact, continuous, real-time moisture measurement
  • Factory precalibration and maintenance-free operation
  • State-of-the-art communication protocols (via laptop computer, PC-based touch screen operator interface, or plant-wide network by RS232/422/485 and Ethernet TCP/IP. I/O includes 3 x analog outputs 4-20mA isolated, self-powered)
  • Rugged durability suitable for installation in any industrial environment

Efficiency is a top of the line priority for manufacturers and the dryer can drain a lot of that. Measuring the moisture before and after the dryer allows the user to optimize the dryer settings to save time and money. A proper moisture control system will pay for itself with the energy savings from the dryer in less than 30 days. Efficiently controlling the dryer within the facility can drastically change the productivity levels.

MoistTech Knows Moisture

For more than 40 years, MoistTech has provided industries worldwide the best instrumentation available to measure moisture during the production of various materials. The IR-3000 near infrared (NIR) online moisture sensor was developed after analyzing the limitations of existing moisture measurement systems, collecting decades of field data from a multitude of industries needing to measure product moisture, and soliciting feedback from those directly involved in the production process.


Locate the point in the production process in which measuring moisture will be the most crucial and beneficial. Identify how you will use the moisture measurement data for improvements and if it will tie into your PLC.

Remember this could involve more than one installation point!


A closed loop process is achieved by incorporating a moisture measurement system into the manufacturing process. Developing a proactive solution to moisture control will avoid costly downfalls. 


MoistTech’s experts will assess your specific application with lab tests, calibrations and accuracy results to ensure our equipment will peform for you. All of our sensors are pre-calibrated prior to being shipped to create a plug-and-play operation for the end-user.


One of our moisture specialists would be more than happy to answer your questions and provide additional information about MoistTech’s IR-3000 moisture measurement system. Contact us today!

Understand the Process

MoistTech sensors feature unique technology that can calculate measurements through the near-infrared region (NIR) of the electromagnetic spectrum, to accurately measure and control moisture from lab to line. This technology allows our products to measure moisture without direct contact with the product, thus it provides accurate results without creating any waste. And, since the technology uses a simple light source for measurement, our equipment allows for longer use.