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  • Why use native White Oak?

    White oak is one of the strongest woods available. It is naturally decay resistant and needs no chemicals preservatives. White oak is naturally beautiful in appearance, it is a furniture quality wood. The wood of choice for pioneers and early settlers was White Oak, leading to many building their cabins with white oak, over 150 years ago, which are still structurally sound today. Our white oak logs are also Iowa grown and Iowa manufactured.

  • Why is White Oak decay resistant?

    The small vessel or tubes that were used by the tree to transport water from the roots to the leaves fill with a waxy substance called Tyloses as the tree matures. It is the plugging of these tubes that implead the movement of water that increase the decay resistance of white oak. For this reason white oak is also used in the barrel and cask making industry, used in ship building, and was the wood of choice the pioneers in building log cabins.

  • Isn't Oak heavy and harder to work with than other species of wood?

    Yes oak is heavier than most species of wood, but that is part of the inherent property of oak that help make it naturally decay resistant. It will take extra effort to construct your cabin with white oak, but the extra effort will be worth it because of the years of extended life the white oak will bring to your cabin. Oak is no harder to saw, drill, or work with than other species of wood.

  • Why sell logs only?

    Prairie Rivers log products specializes in producing quality white oak logs specially milled for log cabin construction. These logs are available to you for your construction. In building log cabins, the logs, log fasteners, and caulk are the most critical component of a log cabin and white oak logs are not readily available through local sources. By selling only logs and log construction components, we can provide you with the critical component for your construction.
    The other materials needed to build cabins, such as rafters, sheeting, shingles, roofing, doors and windows, and other standard can construction materials are readily available and can be purchased locally at comparative prices. These materials are generally very competitively priced and you can save by sourcing and buying them locally.

  • What is the R value of your logs?

    Logs actual R value is about one R value per inch of log thickness. Our logs are about 5 ½ inches in thickness and they would have an R value of between 5 and 6. However, logs have an additional insulating ability based on their mass and weight, called thermal mass, which greatly increases their insulating ability that is not used in the calculation of R value. The insulating ability of a 5 ½ inch white oak log wall when considering the inherent R value of the log and the thermal mass is about equal to a standard 2 x 4 insulated wall.

  • Can I build a log cabin myself?

    The answer depends on your carpentry skills. You will need at least one person who has good carpentry skills and would be able to take on building a simple wood structure. The process of building with logs is very simple and can easily be learned and completed. It takes a crew of about 4 to 6 people, but the process is straight forward and repetitive. We can schedule time to work with you and get you started in the basics of log construction.

  • Can you help us find a contractor to build a log cabin?

    It depends where you are located, but we have contractors who have built log cabins with us that we would be willing to put you in contact with. We would also be willing to work with your personal contractor to help them understand and get started with log construction.

  • How long does it take to build a log cabin?

    It depends on the size of a structure. We have worked with crews of 4 to 6 people who have basic carpentry skills, but no log building experience, and have completed the log wall construction for a 25’ x 25’ cabin in 4 to 6 working days.

  • Will the logs shrink after they are in place?

    Yes, the logs will shrink, and that is a normal part of log cabin construction. The process of the settlement of log is a slow process and may take up to 5 to 6 years. Log cabin construction allows for 3 inch of settlement in 8 foot of log height. It is for that reason a 3 inches of space over every door or window is left for settlement. This space is filled with insulation that will allow for settlement around the doors and windows.

  • Will the logs check or crack?

    Yes, the logs will check or crack. This also is part of the natural drying or moisture equalization process. Wood is formed in a tree in a circular manor, and as wood dries it is naturally going to shrink. It is this drying/shrinking of the wood around the growth rings that will cause the wood to check or crack. By using white oak and its natural decay resistance the effect of the checking will be minimized.