Why our Beetle Kill Blue Pine is the BestPosted: March 8, 2018
We only harvest severely salvaged Ponderosa Pine trees that have been standing dead in the forest for up to 5 years. That’s the secret to achieve the wide array of color and character in our Beetle Kill Pineproducts.
These trees have been forgotten and left in the forest to rot on the stump because they are riddled with splits, checks, cracks, rot pockets etc. We believe the natural beauty that lies within these trees are worth salvaging, it’s sad to us that no one else is doing the same. We meticulously hand cut all these defects out and apply a T&G on all 4 sides, therefore every finished board locks together nicely. With that said, our lengths only come random length up to 8′, however every piece is usable.
More color, more character, superior quality, and proper drying; simply the best!
~ We hand pick beetle killed Ponderosa Pine trees that range from 100-400 years old.
~ Because of its thick bark Ponderosa Pines hold moisture in the tree 10x longer than commercially harvested Lodgepole Pine. This moisture allows the fungus from the mountain pine beetle to flourish and create the wide array of colors you see in our products.
~ Aged like a fine wine our timber stands dead in the forest for up to 5 years. The longer it stands dead naturally in the wild the richer and more dramatic the color will be.
~ We visually grade and methodically cut every tree to maximize the natural color and character.
~ We slowly kiln dry every plank to 6-8% moisture. This improves stability and helps reduce any chance of future movement in the board.
~ Kiln drying to 6-8% moisture kills 100% of the fungus that created the natural discoloration in the tree.
~ Every board is visually inspected and then milled into T&G flooring and paneling.
~ After milling we visually inspect every board and cut out any defects by hand.
~ Each individual flooring and paneling board is then end matched (T&G on the ends).
~ Our finished product is held to a higher standard and graded to our 99% usable tolerances.