When it comes time to turn your plans into reality, we believe in using only the finest kiln-dried logs. Our craftsmen have spent years learning how to select the most suitable species of wood for log home construction. From cutting and planning to notching and measuring, each step is vital to producing the perfect construction package, but perhaps none more so than properly kiln dried logs.
We start by selecting only the highest quality Eastern White Pine. To minimize movement, shrinkage and settling in the timbers over time, we combine natural air drying and kiln drying in the manufacturing of every single Honest Abe timber. The drying process produces a more stable log and tighter joints for the construction of your log home.
By kiln-drying our logs, we remove moisture trapped inside, as well as any insects or larvae. We use large, variable temperature kilns to dry hundreds of logs at a time. Once stacked inside the kiln, the logs remain there for approximately three to five weeks. During this time, the temperature inside the kiln is slowly raised to around 170 degrees as computer controlled fans and moisture meters dry and monitor the logs.
The goal of this thorough drying process is to reach a moisture-content level that is best for the majority of our building sites. The dried logs are also better prepared to receive stains and preservatives you may choose to apply. As always, each of our timbers is stamped to meet national codes.