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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hardwood lumber distribution yard?

Distribution yards provide secondary wood manufacturers with products and services from regional warehouse locations.  Maintaining adequate & diverse inventory levels of lumber from regions throughout the U.S. and abroad is a key aspect of any yard. 

What is the primary advantage of buying from a hardwood lumber distribution yard?

The primary advantage of dealing with a distribution yard is quick access to a diverse mix of material from a variety of regions.  Next day delivery on lumber without special sorting or milling services is the norm. This allows secondary manufactures to maintain little to no inventory levels, and aids in just-in-time inventory concepts. 

What are other advantages of buying from a hardwood lumber distribution yard?

Every yard is different, but all should provide some milling services to support their customer base.  This allows secondary manufacturers to focus their captial investment on items unique to their business. Distribution yards typically will have a sales team that is highly knowledgeable in customer applications, which can be crucial in purchasing stock that yields well, and meets the quality standards of the products that you sell.

Is the top grade of hardwood lumber always clear?

Although we wish that the answer was always yes, this will vary from species to species, and is influenced by the length and width of each piece.  The REAL answer is that a majority of the boards in the best grades (FAS/1F, S/Btr) will be clear on one face. But the key test is that the best face needs to contain at least 83 1/3% clear cutting units for every board in that grade (see our Grading Rules navigation section for more specific clarification).  A majority of lumber in shorter lengths (6-8') will be clear, and as you move to longer lengths, the clarity will deteriorate to some degree.  Walnut and Alder are specific examples of species that have poorer overall clarity prior to applying the length factor mentioned above.