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#1 of 4 Old 09-08-2010, 07:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am building off of our yurt and I would like to avoid using pressure treated lumber to frame it. The cedar I've been finding around here is too expensive. Are there other woods that would work?

I did find affordable cedar decking so it's just the framing I need.
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We priced out black lotus, red cedar and white oak. We found mills locally for both. The cost was over 10,000$ just for the frame. We ended up with PT which was under 1,000$ and immediately available. We really did not want to use PT due to leaching issues but after much research we decided that it was not a big deal. And you never will see it after its built. We are decking with cedar and using a lot of our own cherry in the arbors. I have not regretted the decision to use PT and I was so against it in the beginning. Good luck

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Look into tamarack. Not as pretty as cedar, but nearly as sturdy.
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