We don’t skimp on the details. Virtually all logs and timbers that go into your Strongwood log home are properly kiln-dried at our Wisconsin headquarters.
This extra step is vital because it produces more uniform and stable logs, and it reduces and controls the moisture content. By taking the extra time and care to kiln-dry, we lessen the likelihood of warping, twisting and shrinking that often happens with green wood and air-dried lumber.
Many log home manufacturers advertise kiln-dried logs. The truth is, only a small handful of us offer a log that is fully kiln-dried all the way to its core.
For example, while most competitors kiln dry a log for a week or two, we typically dry an 8-inch diameter log for 28-34 days at 170-180 degrees, and a 10-inch diameter log for 46-52 days at 170-180 degrees. We also quality test the core of the logs to ensure moisture content between 15% and 19%.
The result? Energy-efficient log walls with airtight joints in a home that’s more cost-effective at the outset and over time.
The benefits don’t stop there. Kiln-drying sanitizes the timbers, making it unnecessary for any harsh chemical treatments. Strength of the logs is increased, and interior and exterior finishes can be applied immediately after construction. Such applications penetrate deeper and last longer in kiln-dried wood.
Only by investing this extra time and money are we able to dry the logs all the way to the core and achieve the following critical advantages:
• Virtually eliminate log shrinkage
• Achieve miniscule log wall settling (just a fraction of an inch)
• Substantially reduced construction costs and trim labor
• Minimize unwanted log checking or cracking
• Eradicate any existing mold or bug larvae
We have been kiln-drying Eastern White Pine since 1972. We simply find that, unlike many wood species, it reacts well to the drying process. It retains its clean appearance and structural attributes while not twisting, turning, or checking/cracking excessively as it dries.
To ensure a continuous high quality standard, our logs are periodically inspected at the mill by a third party: Timber Products Inspection, Inc. (or “TPI”).
While we utilize Eastern White Pine exclusively for wall logs, we do use a variety of wood species for other applications to take advantage of specific characteristics. See our precision-milled logs for more information.
Strongwood logs are debarked and typically sawn into large rectangles called “cants,” then dried in the kiln.
Upon receiving an order, the fully dried cants are run through the mill to exacting tolerances following design specifications for each home. At the end of the mill run, the logs are bundled and wrapped in preparation for shipping.
Once on site, the placement and use of logs is dictated by a section of the construction plan called the “stack sheet.” This helps protect your logs onsite.
We use only the best logs in your dream home.
White Cedar: Perfect for exterior railings, white cedar is strong, durable, and keeps looking good through years of exposure.
Douglas Fir: Ideal for floor joists and roof rafters, our Douglas fir logs are hewn from giant evergreens. Naturally able to support heavy loads, they’re perfect to safely support your log home.
Red Cedar: Preferred for exterior trim, we use Red Cedar’s natural decay prevention to preserve your log home’s natural beauty.
A: In a word – taste. We build all three types of homes, and when designed and constructed properly, they all perform beautifully. Many companies build one type of home and make creative claims to steer clients away from the competition. We don’t believe in doing business that way. We know from experience that all three construction methods work. We recommend that you choose the construction style that appeals to you and ignore the naysayers.
In an effort to carry a log for almost every taste, Strongwood offers all of the standard log profiles in the industry.
For log profiles (or shape), we offer round logs, square logs, and even D-logs, which are round on the exterior and flat on the interior of the home.
And for fans of framed walls with log siding, any of our full log profiles can be provided as siding.
Your Strongwood home can be created using a wide variety of log profile, size and corner variations, which your Strongwood representative can explain in detail.
We also work on custom projects outside of the standard options – such as timber frame, handcrafted log and hybrid projects – and our Wisconsin-based design team welcomes your custom inquiry.
Most of our log profiles are available in different log corner styles.
For corner styles, we offer saddle-notch, dovetail, butt & pass, and post corner systems.
Our handcrafted styles include traditional stacked & chinked and full scribe. Stacked & chinked log homes use naturally tapered hand-peeled logs. They are custom fitted at our facility, and corners are precision-notched for a tight fit.
Logs are numbered, disassembled for delivery, and then re-stacked onsite. Full scribe homes don’t need chinking due to their precise fitting logwork.
Customize your home with your favorite log corner style.