More Alaskan Yellow Cedar

When we began bringing in rough, full dimension Alaskan Yellow Cedar our goal was to not stop there, but to develop a working inventory of quality, oversize stock that we can re- manufacture to other valuable products. Alaskan yellow cedar has so many positive attributes including weather and rot resistance, high strength and flexibility, beautiful coloration and character or creamy perfection in the case of clear grades. So far we have made some tongue and groove car decking in a knotty appearance grade that is 1 3/4″ thick and covers 4 3/8″ and are 12′ long. This will be perfect for light colored, reflective ceilings or any other use you might come up with.

2x5 Alaskan Yellow Cedar Tongue and groove

2×5 Alaskan Yellow Cedar Tongue and groove

We have had 2×4 tng Boat decking made and most recently had 6×6, 8′, 10, and 12′ lengths surfaced. This really brings out the potential of this select material.

6x6 s4s Alaskan Yellow cedar

6×6 s4s Alaskan Yellow cedar

This is only the tip of the iceberg with paneling, decking and flooring products in the pipeline. So stay tuned for more

Alaskan Yellow Cedar

You may know us for our broad selection of cedar products and pressure treated lumber, but new to Mill Outlet Lumber is a major commitment to Alaskan Yellow Cedar lumber. Nootka Cypress, yellow cypress, Alaska Cypress, whatever you call it, it is some pretty cool wood. Growing in a range from Oregon, through Washington and Southeast Alaska, at higher altitudes in the south and down to sea level in the north, it thrives in extreme environments and on wet ground. Due to the areas it grows Alaskan yellow cedar grows very slowly with closely spaced growth rings that almost disappear. Because of this tight and consistent grain structure this cedar is a dream to work with, has very good dimensional stability, and is very strong. In addition it is extremely resistant to insects, rot, fungus, even saltwater wood borers. I read recently that Alaskan Yellow cedar posts are even rated better than pressure treated lumber in the case of direct burial in the ground.


At present we are stocking rough cut full dimension lumber in sizes 2×4, 2×5, 2×6, 4×4 and 6×6 in a variety of lengths up to 16′. Coming soon will be additional lengths to fill out our selection up to 16′, 5×5 and surfaced 2×6 select grade decking. Grades are appearance knotty and d&better clear.

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#1, R&R, Dry, sanded Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles

#1, R&R, Dry, sanded Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles

Cheap gas=Cheap lumber

When gas was over $4.00 per gallon we had many customers travelling from 35, 50 or even 100 miles to save on cedar fence materials and decking. they came to take advantage of good deals and also unique materials that can not be found elsewhere.100 miles both ways at 10 miles per gallon adds up but now with fuel at half the price it is far less of a roadblock.


Our convenient location makes us easily available from the whole south sound area but also the I-5 corridor from Bellingham to Portland as well as East of the cascades and the Olympic Peninsula. Most people are not more than 1 hour away.


Check out our website, or our ads on craigslist for all of the things we carry, or simply call or email with your questions, But when it comes to getting here it can’t be much easier or for the time being, less expensive

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Never too early to plan ahead

It is January 21 st and still a long way from warm summer breezes and blue skies that make the Northwest famous. But the springtime pilgrimage has already begun to Mill Outlet Lumber in Tacoma. Customers planning and even building decks, relentless fence buyers, split rail for decorative yard and functional wetlands or pasture projects.

The real push right now though is preparing for springtime gardening. Every day customers are buying #3 garden cedar for their raised bed projects, benches, trellis’s and arbors. At Mill Outlet we probably have the best and broadest selection of cedar lumber for these projects available in our region. everything from 1×2 – 2×12, smooth and rough, clear and knotty, something for every taste and budget. Just set your expectations and we should be able to match them

The thing about raised bed gardening is that you can more effectively control, moisture heat and air flow along with soil quality. Now is the time to get them built and filled to allow nature to do its work with microbial and fungal growth that will help your vegetable plants root system to be most efficient.

Don’t wait, come and get it and you will be rewarded come summertime.

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oversize rougher head cedar

oversize rougher head cedar

Tacoma Firelogs

Can you hear the cold wind a blowin, Winter really is around the corner. We can certainly tell by the steady flow of customers coming in all day today for their boxes and 1 ton pallets of Tacoma Firelogs. Little golden nuggets of warmth and 100% compressed sawdust, rectangular in shape so they will not roll around the garage, down the stairs or to bounce off of a toe.

Tacoma Fire Logs

Tacoma Fire Logs


Don’t wait until it is too late or till you are forced into something less sensible or drastic. Stock up now and don’t get left out in the cold.

Come in or call today

253 514 0658, Doug Smith

What to do?

What to do?

New Cedar Shingles Today

We have been waiting patiently for 2 new shingle products to arrive and as of today they are here. The first and most unique is a #1 grade Kiln Dried, Re-jointed and Re-Butted, Sanded, Alaska Yellow Cedar 18″ sidewall shingle. These shingles are perfection, literally. Alaska Yellow Cedar is extremely durable and strong with insect and rot resistance equal to or greater than western Red cedar. There is a dead stand of AYC at 4200′ on the way to Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic peninsula that has been virtually unchanged since the 1960’s or earlier. This is in an area where less hardy trees like Sub alpine fir last 5 year or less once they are blown down or die. These Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingles are available at only a few places nationwide and nowhere but Mill Outlet at our competitive price.

#1, R&R, Dry, sanded Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles

#1, R&R, Dry, sanded Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles

Each box will cover 100 square feet at 14″ exposed with a lower grade under course or 50 square feet at 7″ exposed. Because they are dry and sanded they are perfectly ready for finish or stain.

The second new and somewhat unique shingle is a #2 grade Western Red Cedar,¬†Kiln Dried, Re-jointed and Re-Butted, Sanded,18″ sidewall shingle. These are not a seconds, just #2 Grade and a pretty nice #2 at that. They come in the same size boxes as the yellow cedar shingles and are ready for stain or finish as well

#2 Western Red Cedar Kiln Dried, sanded and R&R'd

#2 Western Red Cedar Kiln Dried, sanded and R&R’d

Boxed shingles

Boxed shingles

Alaska Yellow cedar Shingles

Alaska Yellow cedar Shingles

Cedar Shingles and Shakes

At Mill Outlet we are steadily growing our offering of high quality, competitively priced Cedar shingles and shakes. We now have over 20 different variations in stock. Most popular are the green western red cedar shingles but we also have specialty items like Alaska Yellow cedar in #1 shingles, #2&3 Shingles and 18″ #1 Shakes. As for Western Red cedar Shakes we primarily stock #1 Select grade which are a step above average in both Medium and Heavy thicknesses. Another specialty item is #2 Tapersawn Shakes in both 5/8″ and 3/4″ thicknesses. Tapersawn shakes are ideal for distinctive siding and can be used on roofs but should be limited to outdoor structures such as gazebos and pergolas. We have natural groove shingles to match historic homes all around Puget Sound in both primed and raw, un-primed. A new and unique shingle will be coming in in the coming weeks, Kiln dried, Sanded, Re-butted and Re-jointed Alaska Yellow Cedar Shingles. This will be a high performance, excellent quality shingle you will find no where else at the price. For prices and more information Click Here.¬†

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