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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

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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

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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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FirePro treated Lumber


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.

Special order-Never more than a weekday away-                          

253 514 0658, Doug


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

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It’s that Firelog time of the year

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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.

Alder                     26#

Doug Fir               33#

Cedar                    23#

Madrone             45#

Maple                   39#

Red Oak               45#

Apple                    41#

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!

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Best Value in Cedar Fence Boards


1×5-6′ #2 & better Western Red Cedar Fence Boards





First some background on the fence boards we carry. We sell and stock 95% or more of our cedar fencing from Reichert shake and fence in Toledo Washington. They are regarded as the finest dedicated cedar fence mill in the Northwest due to the quality and consistency of the boards they cut. Color is uniform as well as sizing and grading, a #1 board purchased today will be just like one from a year ago or a year from now, and that is the case for all of the other sizes and grades we carry in stock.

Most if not all of the boards we carry are full width which is a little different to some people. So our 6″ boards measure 6″s, 5″ measure 5″‘s and so on for 4″ and 3″ widths. All of the Riechert boards are consistently 5/8″ thick unlike other fencing that says it is 5/8″ but measure as little as 1/2″.

This being stated, we have a really good deal for fence builders right now. Our 1×5-6′ #2 and better is only $2.00 each because of an overabundance at the mill. These boards should be more like $2.30 each because of their excellent quality and consistency. In this size there are only 2 grades, #2 and better, which include #2, #1 and clear boards, or #3 which are the boards that were not good enough but are actually better than what you will find elsewhere as a “best ” fence board.

1×5-6′, #2 and Better Western Red Cedar, $2.00 each



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Douglas Fir Flooring

Douglas Fir Flooring is not the first thing most people associate with Mill Outlet Lumber. Because of our commitment to bring in high quality vertical grain “E grade Douglas Fir” Lumber we have a deep well of material to run patterns from. We could have moldings and other sorts of profiles made but to date we are keeping it simple with flooring and maybe some paneling.



Most people are looking for 1×4 Fir Flooring so that is what we keep on hand at most times, but since we have a ready supply of every size from 1×4 to 1×12 we also can have a variety of wide plank flooring made custom for you. Plan on 2 weeks lead time to be sure but some orders have gone from start to finish in a matter of days. Keep in mind that this product is priced reasonably and the way we can do that is there is absolutely no prior grading, you get the good and some bad. When the bad is cut out you still save substantially. Just this week we processed an order for 1800 lineal feet of 1×8 at less than $1.40 per square foot and when it is said and done I don’t think there will be more than 5% waste. Most people who look at this material and its defect state that they actually want to leave the occasional knots in for a little visual interest.


Personally I can not think of a better material for interior trim, paneling or flooring than Douglas fir, It is durable, uniform in appearance and the perfect combination of contemporary elegance and rustic character. It goes well with Cedar and Fir rustic timbers as well as metallic surfaces and modern glass and tile. Don’t pay a fortune for Douglas Fir if you don’t have to. Check first with Mill Outlet Lumber.

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Dry Fir Timbers

There is always something new at Mill Outlet, The latest is dry appearance grade resawn rough Douglas fir timbers. Just showed up Friday and every customer who has bought some has been more than pleased. From 4×4 to 10×10 this is the current tally as of 12/28/13. If you think you might need some don’t wait

4×4- 13/8′, 12/10′, 14/16′, 8/20′ $1.50 per lineal foot
4×6- 3/8′, 1/12′, 2/16′, 9/20′ $2.40 per lineal foot
4×8- 2/8′, 2/10′, 1/12, 6/24′ $3.25 per lineal foot
4×10- 1/10′, 2/24′ $3.75 per lineal foot
4×12- 1/12′, 6/16′, 2/20′, 5/24′ $4.50 per lineal foot
6×6- 6/8′ $3.50 per lineal foot
6×8- 1/8′, 1/10′, 6/12′, 3/16′, 1/20′ $4.60 per lineal foot
6×12- 1/8′, 2/12′, 1/16′, 1/24′ $7.20 per lineal foot
10×10-4/8′ $13.50 per lineal foot


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