The Solvent Distillation Method for Determining the Moisture Content of Forest Litter

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The moisture content of plant products is commonly determined by drying them in an oven at a certain temperature for a certain period of time. It has long been known that under ordinary conditions various errors are inherent in this method. The clearly demonstrated relationships between forest fire behavior and fuel condition have focused attention on the need for a quick and accurate method for determining the moisure content of forest fuels. Such a method is described by the authors of the following article.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: California Forest and Range Experiment Station, Maintained at Berkeley, Calif., in cooperation with the University of California

Publication date: August 1, 1939

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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