A preliminary study was done to determine the moisture content of green wood by treating the wood with microwaves in an oven for various times between 1 and 4 minutes. The temperature of the wood was measured immediately following the radiation with a probe interfaced to a microcomputer and with a mercury-in-glass thermometer. Temperature probes were inserted into the wood samples. Actual moisture content of the wood was determined by weighing the samples before and after drying. Half of the samples exhibited a directly proportional relationship between moisture content and temperature after microwaving. The linear relationship was not generalizable to all green wood samples tested.
Eichenberger, Rudolph J.
"Preliminary Study to Determine the Effect of Microwaves on Green Wood,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 44
, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol44/iss1/12