Beech wood is known for its strength, density and durability; the steaming process makes beech more stable and resistant to warping


Steamed beech is considered to be a durable and long-lasting material. Beech wood is known for its strength, density, and high resistance to wear and tear. The steaming process can also increase the wood’s durability by making it more stable and resistant to warping or splitting.

Beech wood is grown in various regions around the world, with the majority of beech trees found in the northern hemisphere. The most common species of beech tree is the European beech, which is native to Europe and parts of Asia. Other species of beech trees include American beech and Japanese beech.

The colour of steamed beech can vary depending on the type of beech wood used and the steaming process. Typically, steamed beech has a light to medium reddish-brown colour with a distinct straight grain pattern.

When used in furniture and flooring, steamed beech can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. Beech is also resistant to rot and decay, making it a suitable option for outdoor use. Beechwood is naturally resistant to pests and fungi, which is a good feature for durability and longevity.

However, it’s important to note that the durability and longevity of steamed beech can also depend on the specific use and application, as well as the quality of the wood and the manufacturing process.

Overall, steamed beech is a strong and durable wood species that can last for many years when used in the right application and with proper care and maintenance.

Depending on what you need, Premier Forest Products can create bespoke profiles and mouldings to your specific requirements at our specialist machining facilities; or for something extra special, at our in-house joinery workshop.

 Steamed Beech at a glance:

  • Botanical name: Fagus sylvatica, Fagus grandifolia and Fagus crenata
  • Common names: Beech or Common Beech
  • Colour: light to medium reddish-brown colour
  • Grain: Straight with sometimes with slight wave or curl
  • Texture: Fine and Even
  • Hardness: Janka hardness rating of 1,300 lbf (5,800 N), hard
  • Durability: Moderately durable to durable
  • Density: 680-752 kg/m3
  • Workability: Easy to work with, glue, stain and finish
  • Stability: Good

*The Janka hardness test measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear.


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