What is a swing barn? (Swing Beam?)
People keep saying a swing barn is very rare,when I ask them what is a swing barn they change the subject.
Thank you for your question. I have not heard of a swing barn but I have heard of a swing beam. They aren't all that common, but I wouldn't say they are rare.
They are a tapered beam that tapers down from the center to the outsides.
For example, I have one that tapers from 14" in the center down to 10" on the outsides and it is 50' long.
I was told that it's purpose was for a clear span in the barn so that wagons could turn around on the inside without a post being in the way.
I have a hunch that there is more to it than that, but as of yet I have not discovered what that might be.
If anyone else has some insights on that, please share in the comments below.