Please note that iWood is a wholesale timber merchant, and because much of our timber is imported to order, we have a minimum order amount of £750 ex VAT (£900 inc VAT).
Order bespoke beams cut to your requirements. Choose options and type your specifications in below for instant pricing. Order securely online or save as a quote.
Example pricing for iWood Timber British Douglas Fir Beams
If you enter the following settings into the calculator above, this is the price you'll get:
Fresh Sawn Merchantable Grade: 100 x 100mm x 2m
£22.15 inc (£18.46 ex)
(Product #: IW-5-46-29
Alternative Species Price Comparison
If you want to know how these timbers differ from each other and whether they'll be suitable for your project, call the iWood sales office on 01889 279 018.
British Douglas Fir Beams Introduction
Installed Douglas Fir Beams
Our home-grown Douglas Fir Beams (sometimes referred to as “Doug” or “Dougy Fir” for short) are sourced and cut fresh to order in British sawmills. Because of this, it's considered a “greener” alternative compared with imported timbers.
We cut them to your sizes so you receive only the timber you need for your project with no waste.
British Douglas Fir is a popular alternative to using Oak Beams for timber framing. While not as durable as Oak (10-15 years vs Oak's 15 – 25 years), it is slightly more cost effective if you're working to a budget and it is used widely in the UK.
British Douglas Fir Common Uses
British Douglas Fir Beams are used widely both internally and externally in the UK construction industry and in landscaping. Fence posts, timber frames for houses, garden rooms, orangeries, roof trusses / A-Frames… every form of general timber construction you can think of. See the section on grading below for more information.
It's not suitable for use in a marine environment, such as sea defences or on boats, as it won't stand up very well to the salt water. For this, look at something like Teak or Ekki.
Douglas Fir Appearance
British Douglas Fir has a strong grain pattern and is quite knotty which gives the timber character. The timber is a light brown colour, sometimes with hints of yellow and sometimes even reddish hues. It's quite a warm colour. See the picture gallery below.
Grades of Douglas Fir
Our home-grown British Douglas Fir is provided in a Fresh Sawn Merchantable grade. You might find that you'll sometimes be asked to source Doug Fir to a specific strength class, if an architect or structural engineer specifies it. It can be graded to C14 and C18. If you need this specific class, please get in touch with your cutting list and we can quote you.
Sizes of Douglas Fir Beams
Our British Douglas Fir beams are available on the website above in thicknesses and widths between 25 and 300mm, and in lengths up to 7.9m.
Because of the height of the tree, Douglas Fir can be sourced in some seriously long lengths, such as 14m plus. We do have to quote these long lengths on a case by case basis as it depends on availability, and lengths over 8m also create challenges with transport, but we can always find a way.
The beams are provided over-length to be cut down exactly on site.
As they're fresh sawn, the tolerance on the thickness and width may vary by plus or minus 4mm, and the timber will likely have regular marks from the band saw down the lengths. This is usual for rough sawn timber and is near enough exclusively used in this state, but you can plane or sand it if you'd like when you receive it.
Grown In Britain
iWood is a proud, certified member of Grown in Britain, the UK's initiative to prove the source of timber at every step of the supply chain. Ask if you need your timber to be Grown in Britain certified.
Benefits of Douglas Fir
As with all British Timbers, Douglas Fir has a much lower carbon footprint than the imported timbers, as it hasn't been transported half way around the world. It's therefore regularly specified for this reason.
Another benefit is the availability of longer lengths, because Douglas Fir is such a tall tree.
If you're working to a tight budget, Douglas Fir is also very cost effective, along with British Larch.
Buying British Douglas Fir Beams
You can instantly work out prices for your beams above. The price you see is the price you pay. Delivery is added at checkout, although a lot of areas qualify for free delivery over £1,200 + VAT.
You can enter your entire cutting list, then add the items to your shopping basket where you can save them as a quote for later, or proceed through our secure online checkout.
When your beams are ready, our transport department will be in touch to arrange delivery with you.
What Other Timbers Might I Consider?
Historically, the price difference between British Douglas Fir and European Oak was quite large, with Oak being more expensive, but in recent times, the difference in price between British Douglas Fir and European Oak has narrowed somewhat. If budget allows, consider looking at European Oak Beams as an alternative, although some people prefer the look of the British timbers, and of course British timbers have a lower carbon footprint and are therefore considered “greener” and more environmentally friendly.
For the same price, you can also buy British Larch Beams. Strength and durability-wise they're nearly identical, with mainly just the look, or whether a particular species has been specified for a job being the deciding factor.
British Douglas Fir Beams Gallery
Architect / Design Specify
Fresh Sawn Merchantable Grade
Fresh Sawn Merchantable Grade British Douglas Fir from iWood Timber
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long do our deliveries take?
We get the very best timber selected for your list and cut directly at UK sawmills so deliveries usually take place around 35 to 45 working days after you place your order.
Costs of delivery
We base our delivery costs on where you're located. Make sure that you check out our
delivery costs page
Our delivery lorries visit different parts of the country on different days, so once your order is ready we will work with you to arrange a delivery day for when one of our lorries is in your area. We will always arrange the delivery day in advance with you.
We deliver weekdays Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am to 5pm. Our delivery vehicles will have multiple jobs on them which can affect the delivery time to you, depending on factors such as traffic and how long it takes to offload the previous jobs. The driver will call you in advance with an estimated time of arrival to make sure you'll be there.
Aside from delivery locations that are priced on application, your delivery will be provided with means of offloading from the truck. This may be by HIAB (lorry with a crane arm), or by supplied manpower. The method will be determined by the haulage company we use based on your location and available options at the time. Please note, both offload options will drop your order to the side of the lorry, they won't be able to carry it around the back of a property, for example.
For areas that are priced on application, by default, we will quote for delivery on a flat-bed lorry that you'll need to arrange to offload yourself. We can quote for offloading on request, but to these areas it's usually prohibitively expensive, and cheaper for you to hire a forklift, or arrange to have enough people on-site to offload.
How our orders for wood work
Once your secure order is placed, you should get an email that confirms exactly what you've ordered. Once we receive you're order from our sawmill and wood suppliers and we're ready to ship it out to you, we'll give you a call to confirm a delivery with you.