When you start thinking of building a log home, one of the first terms youre likely to hear and be a bit puzzled by is the D log. In fact, D logs and our D log building system are easy to understand and worth knowing about, since they’re one of the smartest and most popular options available for a log home.What is a "D" Log?
The D simply describes the shape of the log in cross-section, with the interior side milled flat and the exterior side curved, like the capital letter D.
Whats the advantage of this shape?
The flat side makes the logs easier to build with, there being no need to notch them as with round logs, and you can put wall studs right up against them. Or, if you want a natural wood interior finish, the smooth surface means not dust collects as on curved interior logs.
Meanwhile, on your home’s exterior, the rounded surface of the "D" log gives you the coveted traditional look of a log cabin. But even while offering tradition, our D logs are custom engineered to provide you with still more important benefits.Benefits of D Log SystemLogs should be milled with a double tongue and groove and t put together with a double gasket to prevent air infiltration, maximizing the inherent energy efficiency of a log home.
Unlike a single tongue and groove in the center, logs won’t allow water to seep in through capillary action, creating wet spots that can lead to decay.
Log should be milled with lower exterior drip edges. These slightly curved lips allow rain water to drip off and away from your home’s exterior rather than collecting and seeping in.
Of course, none of these structural benefits of D logs would mean anything unless they are milled to the highest industry standards.
The logs should be cut using solid steel cutting heads tipped in tungsten carbide, a cutting material second in hardness only to that of diamonds.
The result is a smooth finish with no rough spots and extremely accurate milling to within 1/16 of an inch. So everything fits together accurately.
Logs should not be milled until they are absolutely dry. That means that, when they are milled, you will already know where the natural cracks in the wood are.
Whenever you dry a timber, you’ll get at least one crack in it.
Logs should be turned during the drying process so the crack is on the top of the log, hidden by the tongue-and-groove, giving you more attractive log walls inside and out.
Just think what a great benefit that is over building with logs that are milled while still green, possibly changing size and shape and developing cracks after walls have been built!
In brief, a good D log system offers you one of the best options available in a strong, secure, long-lasting, and attractive log home.
We no longer mill our own logs as we focus primarily on the maintenance and care of log home now and into the future.