Stevens Point Log Homes’ complete line of quality, log home building materials will enhance the look of your home or building for years to come. Listening to contractors and do-it-yourselfers, we developed a kiln-dried TRUE HALF-LOG SIDING that maintains the natural beauty of the wood while easing installation. For those who want the traditional feel of full log construction, the durability of our 10-step process is even more important for solid logs.
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The foundation of our 10-Step Quality Process begins with the highest grade of Midwest pine and cedar logs available. These logs meet exacting size and quality standards.
Sawyers hand-select logs based on size, quality and uniformity to determine the best use of each log. The log is then debarked and allowed to dry.
The log is then cut in two for half-log siding, or kept at a ful log spec. Each half is milled on three sides according to pre-specified standards. Our sawyers over-cut the log to compensate for the shrinkage that occurs during the kiln-drying process.
Throughout the process from debarking to final delivery, the logs are stacked, bundled and stored under one of our many shed roofs to protect them from weathering.
Our logs are placed in our state-of-the-art kiln until they meet our stringent moisture content standards. Kiln drying produces the best quality log material on the market today. This essential step provides the following benefits:
After an order is placed, each log is planed to its final size to meet uniform stack height requirements. Stevens Point Log Homes assures you the 8″ high log product you order is actually 8″, 10″, or 12″ high when it is delivered to your site. This consistency makes installation easier.
Stevens Point Log Homes pre-scribes each log to eliminate shelving or pooling areas on the meeting siding surfaces that could trap water and compromise the durability. Pre-scribing preserves the log’s natural beauty while reducing on-site planing and maintenance; this saves you time and money on the job site.
Skilled craftsmen create one of two surface textures:
With the sizing, texturing and kiln-drying completed, the logs are dipped in wood preservative to protect from weather, insects, exterior fungus and mildew growth until they are delivered to the building site. The preservative protects the wood until the final stain is applied.
The logs are shipped to your building site. We will deliver the complete project at once or deliver the priority logs first and the balance when you request them.
You've picked the plans. You've interviewed the builders. Now you have to ask one more question - “Do we use kiln-dried or air-dried logs?”
The laws of nature ultimately determine the equilibrium between the moisture level in the environment and the moisture content of the logs. In order to reach this balance, air-dried logs need to be stored for up to a year. Kiln-drying accelerates the process of achieving optimum log moisture levels in a matter of weeks. While air-drying is less expensive, the homeowner also realizes several other important benefits from kiln-drying.
Kiln-dried logs are also more resistant to twisting and cracking because of the consistent drying rate. The variable moisture content in air-dried logs leads to increased shrinking, warping and cracking during and after construction. All logs shrink during construction due to compression and moisture adjustments, however, kiln drying maintains the dimensional stability of the log and keeps shrinkage to a minimum.
Kiln drying identifies logs that will detract from the beauty of your home. Since the inner wood core remains hidden, diseased or unhealthy wood can go undetected prior to the kiln cycle. After exposure to high temperatures, these problems become evident. Trained inspectors cull severely cracked and checked logs from production ensuring they are not used in construction. However, core problems in air-dried logs may not be obvious until after your home is built, resulting in costly repairs.
Removing up to 10,000 pounds of moisture from the materials needed to build the average-sized home has the side benefit of making the log lighter and easier to handle on the job site. Two people can usually set and place even the longest of logs - saving you time and money.
Since air-dried logs do not dry at the same rate, you are left guessing about moisture content. This variable can make air-dried logs heavier, requiring more effort to move and set them in place.
Many logs contain flora and fauna in the form of insects, pitch, mold, and fungus. High kiln temperatures sterilize the wood, killing fungus and mold spores, insect eggs and larvae. Kiln drying also crystallizes the pitch so it doesn't ooze out of the log and cause stains when exposed to warm temperatures.
Air-dried products make no provision for these natural nuisances. Warmer temperatures encourage mold and fungus growth, awaken dormant insect eggs and larvae and cause sap to seep down the face of the log. The kiln eradicates these nuisances.
Kiln drying maximizes the life of your logs. Reduced moisture levels in kiln-dried logs allow homeowners to apply preservative stains and finishes immediately following construction. Because of the uniform dryness, preservatives penetrate deep into the wood fibers to provide immediate and long-lasting protection.
Preservative absorption of an air-dried log is dependent upon the variable moisture content and may require several applications before achieving adequate protection.
So, what happens in the kiln? Kiln drying controls air movement, temperature, and humidity to produce a superior wood product. Logs, which ultimately become your siding or beams, are loaded into the kilns and heated to temperatures high enough to dry the inner core. Since the outside of the log dries faster than the inside, steam maintains the optimum moisture level of the log's outer layer, while the inner core continues to dry. This method allows the log to dry uniformly.
During the kiln cycle, inspectors conduct eleven moisture meter readings to ascertain the water content in the logs. When the moisture level reaches the predetermined level, the logs are removed. Careful, consistent moisture extraction preserves the quality and longevity of the wood.
Yes! Kiln-dried logs provide a lighter, cleaner, high-quality product for your home construction that maintains its dimensional integrity for a lifetime. Kiln-dried products are also free from insect infestations, unsightly mold or fungus stains and sap seepage problems.
No matter which process you choose, all log structures must be built to accommodate some shrinkage, settling, and compression. Whether building with seasoned, standing-dead, green, winter-cut, or kiln-dried logs, a knowledgeable builder must anticipate and allow for movement in response to atmospheric fluctuations.
Stevens Point Log Homes offers kiln-dried TRUE HALF-LOG SIDING in a variety of sizes and in your choice of rustic-hewn or handpeeled styles. Our standard stack heights are 7″, 8″, 10″ and 12″. Custom sizes are avaialble. Each piece of siding is cut from a full log at our mill. We do not use cants, which are square beams forced through a shaper to achieve a machine round face. Our product maintains the character, integrity and natural contours of the log. When used in combination with conventional construction, the result is a traditional full-log home look at a reasonable price.
A machine peeled finish that provides a handpeeled appearance without a repeated pattern effect.
Our craftsmen use traditional drawknives for the look and feel of authenticity.