Looking at this picture, the expression ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ comes to mind: If you know anything about sustainable tree harvesting for wood, as well as the quality of wood harvested, then you will find this photo beautiful indeed.If you don’t know about wood construction and are thinking about building a home, then you need to be informed. Longleaf and Slash Southern Yellow Pine have long been recognized to yield the Industry’s finest structural lumber. With longer, stronger fibers and fewer knots, these superior trees are found exclusively within the South’s Coastal plain. Beadles Lumber Company, a family owned business for over 60 years, is located in the heart of this timber region in Moultrie, Ga.
All of Beadles’ foresters and loggers are certified under the “Best Management Practices” program. Mr. Beadles is a board member of both the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB). He is passionate about ensuring that trees remain America’s Most Renewable Resource while maintaining a responsible stewardship of the land and our abundant wildlife.
Once the timber reaches the Beadles plant it is cut into lumber, stacked and kiln-dried down to a maximum 19% moisture content. By keeping their wood below 19% from dry kiln, to finishing, to delivery it becomes stable and is no longer susceptible to mold or decay. Each piece is certified and stamped KD HT Grading.
Each piece of lumber goes through multiple, intensive evaluation steps prior to receiving Beadles’ certified SPIB grade stamp number “205”. After proper sizing and dressing in the planer each piece advances to their Ecoustic Grader, commonly known as a “thumper.” Using sonar technology, the thumper sends a vibration through the board, accurately weighs it, and instantly transfers that data to a computer which calculates a predicted value for Modulus of Elasticity (MOE), or density. MOE is the critical factor in determining several different strength characteristics of lumber. Pieces that rate a certain elevated level of strength are marked and become candidate stock for our Machine Stress Rated (MSR) lumber.
MSR is a certified product of the American Lumber Standards that must meet or exceed specific strength and visual characteristics. MSR must undergo extensive pre- and post-grade testing, evaluation on a proof loader under stress, and then pass an independent third party inspection by an accredited grading agency. MSR candidate pieces are visually inspected by one of Beadles’ certified lumber graders and separated into different grades. Of the pieces that do qualify as MSR, only the strongest and most visually pleasing pieces make it into their most elite “Diamond MSR” category. Diamond is pulled exclusively for Deltec Homes.
Maintaining an on-hand inventory of Diamond grade with delivery by their own fleet of Beadles Lumber Company trucks with covered trailers means Beadles provides on-time delivery while fully protecting the product, all the way to our plant in Asheville, NC.
Says Beadles Sales Manager Joe Castleberry, “Beadles Lumber Company has partnered with Deltec Homes to provide the most premier Southern Yellow Pine on the planet. We are thrilled to have our product utilized to its full potential and share in the pride of an unmatched finished product.”
This is quality. This is what makes up the structural elements of every Deltec home: #1 Structural Dense Select MSR Southern Yellow Pine, 2400 PSI, the strongest framing material available. This is one of the many reasons why we can stand 100% behind our homes: our building system utilizes the highest quality and strongest construction materials available.
The absolute superior quality of the materials used to build a Deltec, together with the round shape and the fortified engineering, translate to a dramatic increase in durability, especially under the extreme stresses caused by destructive weather such as hurricanes and high winds.
“In order to build the highest quality homes, you have to start with the highest quality materials,” says John Nicholson, Director of Purchasing and Manufacturing for Deltec. “That is the reason we’ve been partnered with Beadles Lumber for over a decade. Our roof and floor trusses are unmatched in strength and quality because every stick of lumber used has been tested and inspected to standards that are above-grade in the industry. Beadles Lumber has a long tradition and reputation of maintaining the highest quality in the production of southern yellow pine dimensional lumber. We are proud to have them as our partner.”