Purchasing a new home is one of the largest investments any person can make. A well-informed buyer takes the time to evaluate the unique products and services offered within the log home industry. No matter who you choose to purchase your log home package from, we urge you to compare the following features.
StoneMill uses only first quality structural timbers of yellow pine for second floor and roof systems with 6" x 12" & 8” x 12” Douglas Fir for the log walls. As a Log Homes Council Member StoneMill participates in a monitored 3rd party log grading program. All structural and wall logs are stress graded by Timber Products Inspection.
- • Douglas Fir is available in full lengths of up to 40 feet in our traditional, chinked profile and up to 28 feet in our contemporary, log on log profile so we never splice logs unless the necessary length exceeds those measurements. The un-spliced log provides the highest level of structural stability and protection from air and water infiltration.
- • Approximately 90 percent of StoneMill wall logs are heartwood. Heartwood is more resistant to penetration by insects and decay-causing fungi.
- Timber approved by a certified log grading program has been visually inspected and grade certified.
The Douglas Fir logs are air dried for many months, then shipped and processed in Knoxville, Tennessee by StoneMill Manufacturing, Inc. This extensive process stabilizes the moisture content and associated shrinkage which ultimately minimizes the settling of your finished home.
StoneMill Manufacturing, Inc. specializes in custom-built log homes. Our raw materials await processing until a log home order is placed. As a special service to you, we provide all custom cutting of log packages at no extra charge.
Authentic dovetail corners are cut with mechanical precision in the same design developed by pioneers hundreds of years ago. The notch is designed so that the entire weight of the structure holds each log in place with a tight fit. Each dovetail corner is then drilled and spiked for additional structural strength. The logs are also pre-drilled for electrical wiring.
Hand Hewn or Hand Planed Textures
StoneMill offers a choice of two textures at no added cost to you. Stop by StoneMill today or click below to compare which texture or combination of surfaces is right for you.
1). Hand Hewn: Applied by hand in the traditional manner using a carpenter’s adze which provides an authentic hand crafted look and feel. StoneMill’s craftsmen hew against the wood grain to bring out the rustic beauty of each timber
2). Hand Planed: Applied using a hand planer to follow the natural contour of each individual timber. This smoother finish is commonly used on interior walls, allowing for easy stain application.
Styro-Seal Insulation and Chinking
StoneMill Log Homes was the first in the industry to introduce a special notch and seal insulation system into log structure designs. The Styro-Seal insulation helps prevent air infiltration between logs and chinking while increasing the energy efficiency of the log walls. Three inches of nontoxic rigid E.P.S. is inserted into this unique groove cut into the top and bottom of each log. After the drying-in period of your home, an additional 1/2” piece of EPS insulation is inserted into both sides of the Styro-Seal joint prior to application of permanent chinking. This creates an extra tight seal between the logs and provides a smooth surface in which to apply chinking.
Permanent Flexible Chinking is the Finishing Touch Chinking is the material applied to both sides of the Styro-Seal to further bond and insulate between the logs. Many quality brand chinking materials, in a variety of colors, are available for today’s log home. Permanent flexible chinking bonds directly to the wood and maintains a constant seal between each course of log. It looks like old fashioned mortar, yet is flexible and follows the settling movement of the logs without cracking. It is permanently waterproof and suitable for all climates. When used with StoneMill provided wood treatment products, it carries a limited lifetime warranty.
Want to learn more about the quality products StoneMill uses? Contact your StoneMill representative today at 1-800-438-8274.