Which wood species should I use to build my log home? What is the best type of wood available? Why are there so many different kinds of woods used in the log-home industry? These are often-asked questions of log-home manufacturers and dealers. They are about as easy to answer as, “What is the best car to buy?” or, “What is the best computer available?” The answer is, “It depends on what you want it to do.”
One needs to understand that the above questions represent a myriad of possible answers that are dependent on what the buyer wants and needs the wood to do. I hope this information will help you make the choice that’s right for you.
There are 80 or more commercial wood species in the United States and Canada that can be and have been used for constructing log structures. These are the most commonly used species because they are readily available and reasonably priced.
White pine, red pine, Eastern white cedar.
White pine, yellow pine, cypress.
White pine, yellow pine, Eastern white cedar, hardwoods (oak, poplar, walnut).
Western red cedar, spruce, fir, hemlock, ponderosa and lodgepole pine.