Types of logs suitable for building a log home

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Types of logs suitable for building a log home
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Following are types of logs that are acceptable for building butt and pass log homes:


  • Oak
  • Hickory
  • Ash
  • Maple
  • Birch


  • Douglas Fir
  • White Fir
  • Alpine Fir
  • Lodgepole Pine
  • White Pine
  • Pondarosa Pine
  • Tamarack
  • Engleman Spruce

Things to consider:

Getting your logs:

  • The best place to get logs is locally – transporting logs is expensive
  • Eliminate the middleman. Go to the loggers or owners
  • Find loggers by visiting the local tavern
  • Tell the loggers you will pay cash, require no receipts, will take delivery after dark
  • If needed pay them 10-15% above what the mill will pay them
  • Insist that you want the option to pick your logs

Generally, you will need 20% more logs that you think

What is a good log to work with?

A good rule of thumb is to look for logs with no more than 1″ of taper per 10′ of length

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