The Douglas Fir Difference

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It’s no secret, the beauty of post and beam buildings is in large part the wood used to construct them. As you are researching kit providers, you may notice that different wood species are used by different companies.

Today we want to give you some insight into the top reasons we choose kiln-dried Douglas fir for our bent work. This seemingly simple commitment to the highest quality materials signifies our dedication to excellence every step of the way.

1) Drier is Better

According to the USDA Wood Handbook:

“Dried lumber has many advantages over green lumber for producers and consumers. Removal of excess water reduces weight, thus shipping and handling costs.

As wood dries, most of its strength properties increase, as well as its electrical and thermal insulating properties.

Properly dried lumber can be cut to precise dimensions and machined more easily and efficiently; wood parts can be more securely fitted and fastened together; warping, splitting, checking, and other harmful effects of uncontrolled drying are largely eliminated; and paint, varnish, and other finishes are more effectively applied and maintained.”

2) Time Tested and Approved

Our wood is not only kiln-dried, it is also the premier choice for construction.

“Douglas fir (DF) is often the standard against which all other framing species are measured.

Its strength combined with a superior strength-to-weight ratio, high specific gravity, excellent dimensional stability, the moderate decay resistance of its heartwood, and documented excellent performance record against strong forces resulting from winds, storms, and earthquakes, have given Douglas Fir its reputation.”
– Western Wood Products Association

3) Natural Beauty

Aesthetically, Douglas fir is a solid choice.

“The straight, fine-grained wood, tight knots and the light yellow to reddish brown color of fir are other qualities that makes this lumber a favorite with builders, carpenters and woodworkers. The logs can be cut to reveal the distinctive grain pattern, which works well in interiors for woodwork, cabinetry, and floors. It is often left unstained and simply varnished to reveal its natural color and grain.”
– SF Gate Home Guide

To learn more about Douglas fir, post and beam construction, or to get started on a Legacy Post & Beam Kit, contact us at 605-665-8310 or

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