Cedar Wood - Selwood Climbing Frames

We believe our cedar climbing frames are the best value wooden play equipment available. This is due to excellent designs from  Selwood Climbing Frames, fantastic prices and quality components. We discuss more about each of these below, but specifically highlight the features and benefits of our cedar wood.

What Wood Do We Use?

Our climbing frames us a type of cedar (cunninghamia lanceolata), which is one or two species of evergreen coniferous trees in the cypress family Cupressaceae. They are native to China, Taiwan, northern Vietnam and Laos. It is most often known as Cunninghamia, but is also sometimes called "China-fir" (though it is not a fir). The trees are ideal for use in climbing frames and other outdoor products as they grow quickly and can may reach 50m in height. They are also naturally resistant to rot and insect infestation - a huge advantage over European Pine and Fir woods, which require chemical treatment to stop them from rotting or being eaten by insects.

Cedar Climbing Frame Advantages

Cunnighamia is a prized timber tree in China, producing soft, highly durable scented wood similar to that of Coast Redwood and Sugi. It has been used for house and ship building, for floor panels and for furniture, its subtle scent is also valued in temples. We use China Cedar for several reasons, all of which make it the perfect wood for manufacturing and using in wooden climbing frames, playhouses and other outdoor wooden products.

1) Strong - Meaning we can make a wonderful playset which is tough and study exceeding both European (EN-71) and International (ASTM) safety standards 
2) Soft - The wood is soft and knot structure is tight, meaning less cracks, splits and splinters, ensuring your children can play with maximum safety
3) Oil - The cedar wood oil ensures the wood is naturally resistant to rot and insect attack
4) Beautiful - The beautiful natural appearance of cedar looks great in any garden
5) Light - Cedar is light so it means the transportation/delivery charges are lower

We also have the following advantages, making things easier for you:

1) Boxes - All our products come fully boxed. Ensuring they are kept together and protected.
2) Illustrated Manual - Our owners manual includes a full parts list, and easy to follow picture based instructions
3) Standard Bolts - All our sets use standard bolts, so you'll not need any special tools
4) Fully Inclusive - All our products include everything you need, all wood, hardware and accessories
5) Warranty - Our wood had a 10 year warranty (against structural defects due to rot and infestation) and our plastic/metal parts have a 1 year warranty.

Cedar Care Advice

As will all wooden outdoor products we suggest that you apply stain/sealant to your climbing frame to ensure it stays looking great, and is well protected against the elements. This needs doing whether you have a shed, fencing, decking or garden furniture, all natural wood requires care if it is to stay looking good, and working well long term. Wood is a natural product, so if you do not treat it occasionally it will weather, causing cracks, splits and splinters. Click on the following link to read more about caring for your climbing frame. Belton Cedar Climbing Frame


China Cedar - Further Information

Chinese Cedar (Cunninghamia Lanceolata) has been around for generations. Chinese Cedar trees are native to China, Taiwan, and northern Vietnam. The wood is easy to work with, versatile, and is both lightweight and very durable. Chinese Cedar has been tested and compared to its counterpart Western Red Cedar. Both share the same family.

One of the most demanded and popular lumber from Chinese is commonly known in the market as Chinese cedar. So what is this cedar species from China? Well, there are two different types of cedar coming out of China. First, there is the western red cedar imported from North America processed and exported, and second is the native grown species called Chinese fir. Although there are a handful of factories producing imported cedar from China, the majority of this cedar is Chinese fir.

Appearance: Chinese Cedar is pale yellow to white in colour, with reddish streaks. Identified by the scientific name Cunninghamia lanceolata, this species is a prized timber in China where it was originally used for coffins and temples because of its valued scent. Chinese fir is now used in virtually everything from building materials, garden products, and landscape structures to furniture. Although the species is native mainly to central and southern China, its range now stretches through much of China’s 78 million hectares of timber forest. Best grown in wet, well-drained sandy and loamy soils, it is unknown how much of China’s 5.2 million cubic board meter (CBM) stocking volume is considered to be Chinese fir. However, this fast-growing species is heavily concentrated in Fujian Province, where an estimated more than 60,000 hectares of timberland produces more than 300,000 CBM each year. More than 60% of the standing volume is considered young to middle aged, the region’s timber production has significantly increased in the past decade. Most of the logging is permitted after 10 years of growth, with diameters ranging between 12″ and 20″ at a height reaching 20′ to 30′.

Chinese Cedar resembles Western Red Cedar due to its aromatic scent (which naturally repels against pests and fungus). It also resembles Douglas Fir – having very similar grain and texture. Chinese Cedar is naturally rot resistant and does not require any form of pressure treatment. Chinese Cedar accepts a wide range of staining and other finished applications. Due to the tree being plantation grown, the environment will not be adversely affected and the trees are more closely monitored. Chinese Cedar has been growing in popularity and is the wood of choice for many lumber companies and builders. For every one tree harvested, two trees are planted to replace it to ensure the supply. Due to it being both lightweight and durable, this wood has been used in China for centuries. Chinese Cedar is used in house building, ship building, saunas, coffins, and many other quality products. Chinese Cedar is used both indoors and out for a wide variety of items from houses to fences, decking, furniture, siding and much more. In replacing the decreasing supply of both redwood and cedar, many garden and fence products are now being made in China using Chinese fir. Consumers acknowledge Chinese fir garden and fence products as acceptable to North American and European standards.