Blue Stain Pine (also called Beetle Kill Pine) comes from multiple species of Pine and can also include species of Spruce and Alpine fir. It typically is a light-colored softwood, with nearly-white to pale yellow coloring and distinctive areas of blue-gray color ranging from a light gray to a deep blue-black. It is also known to have areas of brown, red, or purple.
Every board of Blue Stain Pine is different, and even those from the same tree may vary significantly in color range. Some are mostly clear, looking simply like Pine, while others can be almost completely colored. There may also be holes where beetles have bored through the wood.
The coloring of Blue Stain Pine most commonly occurs from a fungus carried by the Mountain Pine Beetle. The beetle bores into the wood, infecting the tissue with fungus, which softens it and makes it easier for the beetle to burrow and lay its eggs. Together, the holes and the fungus weaken the health of the tree and eventually kill it. This has caused entire forests to die-off in recent years.
A readily-available supply of Blue Stain Pine make it an affordable alternative to other types of Pine, Fir or Spruce. It's coloring makes it a unique and beautiful choice for wide variety of applications like wall and ceiling paneling, flooring, interior trim moulding, cabinetry, mantels, furniture, picture frames and more.
The fungus that creates the distinctive color of Blue Stain Pine does not affect the wood’s ability to be worked like other woods. However, it is important to inspect pieces for weaknesses or splintering caused by beetle activity that could affect projects requiring greater structural stability.
Sears Trostel stocks and distributes a full line of Blue Stain products including Random Length and Random Width Lumber
, S4S Lumber, Wall and Ceiling Paneling
. Below are some of the sizes and products we carry but call for a full list of our inventory or to special order.
- 4/4 Blue Stain
- 8/4 Blue Stain
- 1 X 6 Blue Stain in 6' to 16' Lengths
- 1 X 8 Blue Stain in 8' to 16' Lengths
- 1 x 6 Blue Stain Paneling in Tongue and Groove 12'-14' lengths
- Custom Shiplap and V-Groove Paneling
Call for pricing at 970-482-1928 or 800-950-1928.