Facts on Brazilian Pine Lumber
Brazilian pine, a durable, honey-colored wood, has a straight grain and subdued growth ring pattern. It lends itself well to construction projects and has a superior ability to hold screws.
The southern forests of Brazil produce much of the pine for not only building projects, but making paper, according to Homewood City Schools Board of Education in Alabama.
Interior and exterior applications for Brazilian pine plywood include roofing, flooring, furniture manufacturing, and joinery.
Brazilian pine has a hardness and density comparable to American yellow pine but less than Far Eastern pine, according to Open Russia News.
Unlike cedars, Brazilian pine produces no protective natural oils that resist insects, weather, and rot.
Applying a finish like Murphy's Oil to the wood one to two times a year will help maintain its appearance and prevent it from degrading.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, growing pine and other trees in Brazil cost over 50 percent less in recent years than in the U.S. because the climate promotes faster growth and harvest. In addition, land rents for less.