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Kiln Drying Creates Most Stable Log and Timber Home Products At Honest Abe Log Homes we’re often asked why Collins pointed out that the heat from kiln drying we kiln dry the logs and timbers used in every log destroys fungi that cause wood decay, as well as any home, log cabin or timber frame house we insects and their eggs or larvae. manufacture. “It is comforting to know that the houses we Bobby Collins, plant manager at Honest Abe’s construct with Honest Abe’s materials have been kiln manufacturing facility in Moss, dried so there is no Tenn., explained that kilnworry about insects,” Learn More About dried logs are “pre-shrunk” said Joe Isenburg, a Kiln Drying at before milling to a final log home builder profile to create a uniform and who has erected stable log wall system with dozens of Honest Abe less settling and tighter joints. homes across three decades. “The logs have less “Years of experience has checking (cracking), they take a finish better and taught us how to create a overall, our customer has a more stable and durable building method to account home.” for minor changes in the Because the pitch in the wood is crystallized during Bobby Collins wood,” Collins said. “In fact, kiln drying, the “sap” is prevented from seeping to the throughout much of the surface after the home is constructed. United States, Honest Abe’s log wall system will qualify “Interior and exterior finishes can be applied as a “non-settling” system.” immediately following construction for more Honest Abe uses large, variable temperature kilns convenient and immediate protection,” Collins said. to dry hundreds of logs at a time. “Once stacked inside “Applications will absorb deeper and last longer.” the kiln, the logs remain there for approximately three Collins said that tours of the Honest Abe to five weeks,” Collins said. “During this time, the manufacturing plant, including the dry kilns, are temperature inside the kiln is slowly raised to around p rov i d e d u p o n p re a r ra n g e m e n t by c a l l i n g 170 degrees as computer-controlled fans and moisture 800-231-3695. meters dry and monitor the logs.” Through partnerships with The benefit of kiln drying is apparent during our wood-related sister manufacturing, shipping and constructing a new companies, hardwood log home. sawdust is used (rather than costly natural gas or “It’s estimated that 10,000 pounds of water are electricity) to produce the removed from the typical home, significantly heat needed for the kilnreducing the weight of the logs,” Collins said. “Two drying process, ensuring little or no waste. people can handle even the longest logs during the construction process.” Collins said that every piece of kiln-dried wood is stored under roof until is it milled into a custom home. “After kiln-drying the logs, trained inspectors can grade out defective logs,” Collins said. “Logs Kiln-dried wood is stored covered until selected for use in a home package are TPI grade it becomes part of an Honest Abe home stamped.”


Honest Abe Living March-April 2015

Honest Abe Living, March-April 2015  

Honest Abe Living Magazine is a publication of Honest Abe Log Homes. It features photos of log homes, log cabins, timber frame homes, log ho...

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