Western Red Cedar Moisture Content


I am getting ready to start a project on my house that includes columns, fascia and trimwork done in Western Red Cedar. I plan to plane the wood smooth and finish with Sikkens Cetol 1 and Cetol 23.
I have purchased some of the wood already and have been storing it in my basement. I live in the northeast and it has been very hot and humid. The wood is supposed to be kiln dried but I am getting moisture readings of 17-18% which is the max allowed by Sikkens. Is this a very high moisture reading for kiln dried or is it what you would expect because of the weather conditions? When I go back to the lumberyard for more wood, what should I expect/accept for moisture content on kiln dried WRC? If anyone has any ideas or suggestions about fininshing WRC, I would like to hear from them.
Thanks, Chuck
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Most kiln dried wood moisture content rules are "no more than 19%". So at 17-18%, your wood would be considered kiln dried. SH
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Well, it may have been much less when it left the kiln, but since it picks up moisture from the humid air, it will change.
17% equates to ~82% Relative Humidity.
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Chuck wrote:

Western Red Cedar can be very nasty stuff.
Make sure you wear a good dust mask and watch out for splinters.
If you pick up one, pull it as fast as possible.
Lew
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