Why do we kiln dry the logs (and every other piece of wood) used in your wood building?

Uniformity and stability.

Kiln-dried logs are “pre-shrunk” before milling to a final profile to create a uniform and stable log wall system with less settling and tighter joints. In fact, throughout much of the United States, Honest Abe’s log wall system will qualify as a “non-settling” system. However, years of experience have taught us how to create a building method to account for minor changes in the wood.

Fewer checks. 

Careful drying in a controlled environment minimizes checking (cracking), which occurs in the kilns, before milling and during final construction.

Grading Accuracy.

After kiln-drying the logs, trained inspectors can grade defective logs for exclusion. Logs selected for use in your home package are stamped with a TPI standard of LogWall-40.

Kills Pests.

Heat from kiln-drying will destroy any fungi that cause wood decay, as well as any insects, their eggs or larvae.

Stops Sap.

Most pitch in the wood is crystallized during kiln drying, preventing “sap” from seeping to the surface after the home is constructed.

Smooth, Durable Finishes.

Interior and exterior finishes can be applied immediately following construction for more convenient and immediate protection. Applications may absorb deeper and last longer.

Lighter Logs.

It’s estimated that 10,000 pounds of water are removed from the typical home, significantly reducing the weight of the logs. Two people can handle even the longest logs during the construction process.

Take A kiln Tour

At Honest Abe we know kiln drying is vital to the long-term stability and beauty of a log or timber home.

Go with Honest Abe President Josh Beasley and Vice President Jackie Cherry as they take you on a tour of our kilns, which were designed by Cherry and constructed on site over the company’s 40-year history.

Continuously improved and upgraded, the kilns can now be monitored and controlled by phone from anywhere in the world.