Selecting your log homes wood or log cabin wood includes these important log wood factors...

The log wood you use is crucial! The log homes wood or log cabin wood selected is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Not only is your home's appearance at stake, structural functions are performed by your logs as well. If your log homes wood is defective, your home or cabin will be defective. It's that simple.

Selecting the best you can afford is certainly a good idea, using logs that are durable and decay resistant.

Your log story begins with the trees in the forest. Not just any tree can be used for log home or cabin wood.

The best trees are large, straight, have very few knots, have straight grain and are free of spastain and decay. Quality is not cheap.

Most good pieces are an average diameter of more than 14"(35cm). Trees with diameters of less than 10" (25cm) are not suitable for log home or cabin wood.

Companies that machine mill their logs utilize shorter ones ranging in length from 10 to 18 feet. This size is determined by the equipment available and by the trees available.

Log wood has a great deal of moisture content and will shrink substantially as it dries. They should be free of rot and have low moisture content.

There are hundreds of log-building companies in North America that will sell you wood, plans and kits to build your log home or cabin. These materials may be pine, cedar, oak, fir, or spruce, for example.

Companies that sell this kind of wood treat them the following way...

Trees are usually killed by disease, insects, age or fire.

Wood shrinks as it dries and it dries at a uniform rate when it is still standing on the stump. The air can circulate on all sides of the tree, and the tree will dry and develop a season check.

This season check tells you that the tree has thoroughly dried and is ready to be a candidate for log home or cabin wood.

Using dead-standing trees has two advantages...

• 1- the material will shrink very little after it is used in the home.

• 2- we are using our natural resources more wisely by building with material that would be wasted or be used for pulp.

Another way commonly used to reduce the moisture is stacking the logs and allowing them to naturally dry over a 6-8 month period.

Another option is to dry the logs in very large ovens where the drying process can be controlled. This method will also kill bugs and insects that may be in the wood.

Log homes or cabin wood companies often peel or mill their logs. Peeled ones are trees that have had the bark and the outer sapwood removed.

This home style can be built by any regular contractor or carpenter because it uses more conventional materials and the interior can also be a mixture of log and conventional interior styles.

If you do not want to cut your own, order the log wood from a sawmill where they can cut or mill them into consistent sized logs. This can save you a lot of time and money. Get several bids from several builders for a complete house.

Also, logs of consistent shape are easier to seal together and the connections between the windows, doors, roof and foundation are easier to make.

Sawmill log wood can be cut into several profiles to give you different effects you may want (example: D shaped or round log look).

Log home kits or packages come with a variety of options. Some logs are small and squared, while others are larger and round. Manufactured homes do not use logs that are as large as the ones found in handcrafted homes.

Very few manufacturers use tree-length logs - it is common for them to be from 10 to 18 feet in length and as a result, the walls have visible butt joints where pieces are joined end-to-end.

Also, every piece is cut to the exact length needed in advance and each piece is labeled for its order of assembly. With some kits, the building contractor has to cut, notch and trim every single piece during construction.

Another issue to remember when building with logs is that wood shrinks as it ages (which takes approximately three years).

This should be taken in consideration when building the walls, windows and doors of your dream log home or cabin in the woods.

The settling and shifting of the logs depend on the amount of moisture content of the wood and the environment.

Once the walls start shrinking and settling, this very much depends on the moisture content of the log wood or the weight and the structure of the walls that contain them. When the walls start shrinking and coming down, so does everything else in the house.

A good and experienced building contractor should be able to anticipate all of this and work out all the settling details. Make sure that your kit manufacturer has accounted for shrinkage and settling of the log wood in the kit design.

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