Wood moisture meter: BM18

Measuring moisture content in products made from wood holds significant importance for the longevity of the products. The shrinkage or expansion of the wood is greatly affected by the presence of moisture content. Hence professionals have been looking for the best and quick methods for the measurement of moisture in the wood.

BM18 is one of the leading product in the market which have been trusted by the experts in the field. With just a touch of the button, the user can get a reliable and quick measurement of wood and building moisture.

Ambale Wood Moisture Meters New Zealand

Read more about Quick Wood and Building Moisture Meters in New Zealand.

Easy to use

Our BM18 is unbelievably easy to use. The effect of all the settings can be switched on with just one switch. To activate the various measuring modes ( temperature and moisture) the button should simply be pressed and hold for about three seconds.

The device displays the current ambient temperature both in degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit for the convenience of the user. The device comes with a sensitive insertion pin which should be inserted a few millimeters to measure the moisture content on the surface. Due to the sensitive insertion pins, the reading given by the device is very quick and highly accurate. The background illumination can be activated with just a push in the button for the measurement in a dark environment.

Switching off automatically after 30 seconds of no use is another feature of the device. It helps to ensure a long battery life of the device. The display also shows insufficient battery voltage to alert the user.

The memory of the BM18 is installed with a calibration curve for moisture measurement in correspondence to all kinds of wood common in Europe. Learn more on Moisture Meters in general. 

Some of the practical benefits of the device are as follows:

  • BM10 comes with a protective cover to protect the device.
  • The handling of the device is simple with just one button needed.
  • The steel insertion pins are easily changeable.
  • The battery status is also indicated in the display.
  • The device comes with an automatic switch-off feature.
  • The device is always ready for immediate use.
  • The temperature reading can be shown both in Celsius and Fahrenheit according to the user’s convenience.
  • The measured value of moisture is directly displayed in percentage.

New Zealand Timber and wood

There are more than 220 species of trees indigenous to New Zealand. The forest of New Zealand is so unique that no other land on earth forest comes close to the matching. The forest of New Zealand has been providing so many types of high-quality woods for furniture, handicrafts, and many other purposes. Some of the most common types of wood used in New Zealand for handicrafts and building purposes are Matai, Hinau, Kahikeatea, Rewarewa, Kauri, Kohekohe, Miro, Pukatea, Puriri, Rata, Titoki, Tawa, Tawhai, Totara, etc.


The most famous known timber tree in New  Zealand is the Kauri. It is also known as the giant of the New Zealand forest. The timbers are found only in the northern part of the North Island. It is a very important species of tree for New Zealand. We can understand the importance of the tree by comparing it to Californian Redwood to California and Jarrah to Australia.

These trees are known for their huge sizes and can commonly grow up to 22 meters in height and 7m in thickness. Understanding the importance of Kauri the government of New Zealand has prohibited its cutting down of Kauri except for a nationally important purpose.


Matai is another timber that is tremendously popular and native to New Zealand. In fact, these trees on average grow higher than the famous Kauri.  These trees on average grow up to the height of 25 meters but the trunk only grows up to 1.3 meters in thickness. The Matai trees can be seen growing throughout the country but it is most abundantly found in the central North Island and South Island. Some of the features of the Matai timber makes it very useful in the timber industry. These timbers are strong, hard, straight-grained, easily split, and easily worked. The color of the dry Matai heartwood is generally found to be straw yellow to chestnut yellow. Sometimes the color can have a somewhat reddish tinge. Exposing the wood to air can cause the color to go darker in color. The timber of the Matai is considered to be one of the finest for the purpose of flooring. The dimensional stability and machining qualities make the timber a first-class choice for many local people in the country. 

To buy a wood moisture meter, contact Ambale Co. in New Zealand by sending an email to info@ambale.co.nz or just call +64220617007.