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.
#1, R&R, Dry, sanded Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles
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
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.
oversize rougher head cedar
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
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.
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253 514 0658, Doug Smith
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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
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
Alaska Yellow cedar Shingles
Featured super deal of the day, these will not last long at this price and are much nicer than they appear on the surface.
FirePRO® brand fire retardant treated wood (FRTW) is lumber and plywood pressure impregnated with FirePRO Interior Type A High Temperature (HT) fire retardant chemicals. FirePRO® brand fire retardant is a patented formulation based on proprietary Osmose technology.
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1×4 8-16’ std&better $ .35 per foot
1×6 12&16’ std&better $ .52 per foot
2×3 8&10’ std&better $ .63 per foot
2×4 8-16’ std&better $ .75 per foot
2×6 8-16’ std&better $1.10 per foot
2×8 12’,16’,20’ std&better $1.49 per foot
2×10 12’,16’,20’ std&better $1.96 per foot
2×12 12’,16’,20’ std&better $2.48 per foot
4×4 10-&16’ std&better $1.59 per foot
4×6 16’ std& better $2.53 per foot
¼” ACX 4×8 $43.00each
3/8” ACX 4×8 $46.00 each
½” ACX 4×8 $49.00 each
5/8” ACX 4×8 $52.00 each
¾” ACX 4×8 $55.00 each
1” ACX 4×8 $84.00 each
3/8” CDX $30.50 each
½” CDX $37.00 each
5/8” CDX $41.00 each
¾” CDX $46.00 each
¾” TNG UL $52.00 each
1 1/8” TNG UL $72.00 each
4811 South Tyler St, Tacoma 98409
Prices subject to change without notice, effective 9/24/14
It has been a great summer right on the heels of one of the best spring stretches of weather in recent memory. We should get another few weeks of this treat but winter IS on its way. Time to start thinking about rain, clouds, sleet and snow. Cold winter high pressure systems, weeks of blue skies and freezing temperatures. It’s that firelog time of the year. Mill Out Lumber is the place to get yours. Full Tons of 696 bricks are $225.00 each and convenient boxes of 8 are $5.50 a piece including a couple of wax soaked fire lighters.
Tacoma firelogs contain no waxes or binders and are held together entirely by high pressure. At 3 pounds each they are just under 52 # per cubic foot which is denser than Madrone or Red Oak. They are made in Tacoma so you will not be helping to pay for trucking from far away places like Idaho, Spokane or Montana.
The Tacoma Firelogs are a combination of Hemlock, Douglas fir, Sitka Spruce, Alder and Cedar with the heaviest proportion to the first 2 types of wood, pound for pound they will be comparable to any pressed sawdust log with the exception that some logs have wax or binding agents to hold them together which may add to the BTU’s available but also to contamination in the flue and burning device. I don’t think there is much difference between softwoods and hardwoods when you look at them pound for pound, hardwoods do burn hotter and longer but that is more a function of their density than any other characteristics.
Some comparisons of wood weight per cubic foot, seasoned.
Doug Fir 33#
Red Oak 45#
The softwoods average about 28.25#, while the hardwoods are more like 42.5# so it makes sense that you will get 50% more energy out of hardwood raw log, but when you compress softwoods to densities exceeding that of hardwood it also makes sense that you will get more heat per cubic inch from a compressed log.
Once they are ground to fine dust and compressed to the same density all wood contains approximately 8600 btu heating units per pound and actually it is the pitchy softwoods like pine and Douglas fir that push the top end of the scale up to 9100 btus per # because of the higher energy density in their pitch
So with all that said sawdust is pretty much sawdust and the more Important detail is what does it cost per pound and how convenient is it to store and use. Tacoma Firelogs are the answer!