Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you "treat" wood?


Wood is treated to resist decay. However, only the sapwood will absorb the treat, not the heartwood (center portion of the tree). Also, dry wood takes a much deeper treat then green wood. Therefore we make sure to send the wood to treat when it's dry.




How long will treated wood last compared to untreated wood?


Untreated wood that is set in the ground will last roughly 3-8 years. Treated wood will realistically last 25-40 years. Posts will actually last longer when they're tamped in dirt rather then in concrete, because with concrete, a tiny hairline gap will form between the wood and the concrete. That gap will hold moisture against the wood causing it to rot faster. With dirt, moisture will wick away from the wood.




What the difference between peeled and turned / doweled products?


Quality peeled products have an equal amount of wood removed all the way around the post, following the post's natural contours. All of the material removed is from the bark (aka cambium) layer. The sapwood is the part that provides strength and accepts treat. A quality post manufacturer will do all they can to leave as much of that as possible! That leaves the heartwood protected as nature intended. That means the post will have a small end and a large end due to a tree's natural taper. Remember, the more sapwood that is present, the better. Turned or doweled products remove enough material all the way around the post, that it comes out uniform (like a pipe). In doing so, this process frequently exposes heartwood along the length of the post. This means the post won't be able to take as much treatment as it needs. This will make the post unstable and over time it will twist, warp and rot. When you purchase peeled products, you are purchasing 40% more wood. Our Peeled Product Turned Product




How are your products measured?


All of our measurements are taken from the small end diameter. For example, a 5" post means that the diameter of the post is between 5" and almost 6" on the small end.




Can you get wood products with out cracks and or variations?


Due to the nature of wood, some cracks and variations exist in all wood products.




Where can I learn more about mountain pine beetle (MPB), forests and forest products?


The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides a number of resources. To learn more, please visit the CSFS Publications Page.




What is our return policy?


Returns are accepted within 30 calendar days of purchase for store credit only with reciept and are subject to a 25% restocking fee. Installation is accepteance of "AS IS" quaility. Morgan Timber Products is not responsible for the changes that may occur to our lumber or round wood material once it leaves our yard. Wood products are a natural raw material that has the postential to warp, crack, twist, change moisture contant and color, etc.