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Kiln dried log facts
Strongwood logs are fully kiln dried resulting in logs that are more uniform in nature. During the drying process the logs will crack or check. This is a natural process that determines the strength and weakness of a log BEFORE construction. The severely checked logs are discarded and only the strongest and straightest logs are used in the log package. By selecting only the highest quality logs, we create an air and moisture tight wall. Strongwood log walls will notexhibit air infiltration, moisture penetration, need adjusting or need exterior caulking.
Log Species
Kiln dried logs are available in a number of different species. Strongwood log home kits primarily consist of eastern white pine for the log walls and log siding with rough sawn Douglas fir for the post and beams throughout the house and porch. We prefer to use eastern white pine for its strength straightness and availability. Red cedar log home kits, Northern White Cedar log home kits and Cyprus log home kits are also available.
Log Sizes
Our logs are milled numerous sizes. Sizes include a 10” round log, a 6”x8” D log, an 8”x8” D log, a 6”x12” D log, and 8”x12” D log. Square logs are also available and come in 6”x12” and 8”x12” profiles.
Log finishes
Log finishes are available in a milled, hand hewn or a rustic finish. A milled log finish is a log that has been milled to a smooth surface for a very clean and uniform look. A hand hewn log finish is a finish that is more traditional in appearance. This look is created by hand through the method of hand peeling a log with a drawknife. The rustic log finish has the most character and closely resembles the Appalachian rustic finish. This log finish is created by using an adze or broadaxe. This finish works well with the square log profiles.
Log corner profiles
Four popular corner profile choices are the butt and pass corner profile, the saddlenotch corner profile, the dovetail corner profile and the inside corner profile.
Log Specs
A common misconception of log home is that they are more susceptible to fire, carpenter bees, hurricanes and termites. Studies have shown the opposite. Click any of the following pdf’s from the LOG HOMES COUNCIL to learn more about:
R value vs. Thermal mass
Energy efficiency of log homes is greatly due to energy retention of the log or what is referred to as “thermal mass”. Thermal mass is an important factor when comparing the energy performance of a log home to conventional construction.