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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 12-22-2015 07:47 PM 691 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2015 07:47 PM

I have been looking for the bettle kill blue pine, and since there are none in Indiana, and would cost so much to ship it, I figured on my way to Iowa I would pick some up.

Is there anyplace in Iowa I can get some? Thanks for the help, the only place I found online who said they have some, I called and the guy who answered never even heard of bettle kill pine, or blue stain pine, which doesnt make since if you sell lumber.


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#1 posted 12-23-2015 01:42 AM

Send Monte Pittman a PM. He has tons of beetle kill blue pine. He’s in western SD but has shipped all over.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 12-23-2015 01:58 AM

None in Indiana? I picked mine up at both Home Depot and Menards. Lafayette (HD) and both Lafayette and West Lafayette (Menards). Built my lathe stand from it.

At Menard’s it is mixed in with the common pine lumber. HD had it (at the time) from some company out west that specializing in beetle kill lumber.

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 02:30 AM

I agree wit Travis. Every time I go into Menards I look at the pine boards and have found some real nice ones. When I see one, I buy it and add to my wood stash.

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 02:42 AM

At times I would estimate about 50 to 60% of the common pine will be beetle kill. Home Depot has generally only been one sku of specific product and hasn’t been mixed in with the common grade stuff but may have changed as I don’t visit HD often.

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#5 posted 12-23-2015 05:52 PM

I got some from a friend out west. I have made some reel seat inserts for custom fly rods with it. Nice!

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#6 posted 12-23-2015 06:38 PM

They still have some at Home Depot. I checked today while waiting on my wife. Home Depot in Lafayette is getting it from Sun Mountain Lumber. It isn’t as colored as what Menard’s typically has however.

http://www.sunmtnlumber.com/

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#7 posted 12-23-2015 07:14 PM

Thanks guys, I will stop by the home depot today,

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 10:27 PM

Beetle kill pine is the bain of the western lumber industry. They don’t want any thing to do with it. Not all beetle kill pine has the blue stain. You don’t know if it is stained until you cut into it. In a large automated mill when they are running pine it all goes in the same stack. It wuld take extra labor to sort it out the the industry doesn’t want to spend the money. So for blue stain you need to see an independent sawyer like Monte Pittman. Who runs small lots and specializes in it Or pick the stacks over at the lumber yard hoping to find some.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 12-24-2015 02:37 AM

Hi shoes, From everything I’ve been told about Blue Stain is that it’s a fungus in the wood. If you want to spend the money to have some shipped to you contact Blue Mountain Lumber in Pendleton, Oregon. It’s one of their specialties.

I know id some circles it’s considered special and unique. Where I live it’s considered crap. Guess it’s all in what one is looking at.

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#10 posted 12-24-2015 02:50 AM

A lot of people love the look of it in projects.

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#11 posted 12-24-2015 03:56 AM

Burly Bob
My brother built a house about 40 years ago and used blue pine in a couple of rooms and the mill basically gave him the wood because there was no market for it. This was north Idaho.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#12 posted 12-24-2015 05:04 AM

Bruce that truly does not surprise me at all. I’ve work briefly in a plywood mill and a wood product plant. Blue Stain was normally chipped or hogged.

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