Facts About Our Homes
- Standard Log Sizes are 6" - 16" in diameter, 6' - 12' in length.
- Our Logs have been harvested from forests near the Yellowstone National Park in Idaho and or Southern Utah.
- Our Logs are harvested "Standing Dead".
- Yellowstone crafts using three different species of wood:
Engelman Spruce, Lodgepole Pine and Douglas Fir.
- All of the logs are graded and stamped.
- The logs are turned on a lathe and the cope is milled after the log is turned.
- The logs fit together using a Swedish cope and a generous amount of Log Builder between each log. Log Builder is a rubber acrylic adhesive sealant. Then Log Fasteners are screwed in to secure them in place.
- The joints between the logs on the outside of the house are caulked or chinking is applied.
- Yellowstone uses the same log crafters on every home.
- The outside of every house is sealed with WOODguard.
- Yellowstone builds every log home to custom fit its new owner.
Yellowstone Crafting vs. Kit Homes
Yellowstone at Deep Creek Lake has been crafting custom log homes for 4 years in the Deep Creek area. We are not limited in our designs like many pre-cut log kits. Our design & crafting is limited only by your imagination. Click Here to view our photo gallery.
Direct Stack Versus Chink Style Construction
Yellowstone at DCL Log Homes are crafted using the most advanced products and materials. Log builder adhesive sealant is used between each course of log. Timbermate oly screws are used to fasten each course of logs to the log course below. All exterior joints are caulked prior to sealing.
If you are looking for a semi-chinked look, all the exterior joints can be caulked with a contrasting color after the sealing has been completed.
Chinked-style construction has gained popularity over the past few years. Chinking can be done to the exterior and/or interior log joints to give you that aesthetic look of a chinked log home.
Question: How does a Yellowstone Log Home save me money?
Answer: Thermal Mass Effect
What's the R-Value of the logs used in my log home? This is the most often asked question among prospective log home clients. The answer is Thermal Mass.
Thermal Mass Effect is an energy saving characteristic of dense material, like the logs used in log home construction. Simply put, it takes a long time for temperatures outside a log home to change the temperature inside. Your heating & cooling equipment does not have to run as often. Thermal Mass Effect, in the long run can save the log home owner money on their energy bills.
National Bureau of Standards Test Confirm Energy Conserving "Thermal Mass Effect" For Heavy (Log) Walls in Residential Construction.
Conventional homes have an open space between the outer wall and interior wall. Usually, fiberglass insulation is used in this space to improve the R-value of the home and increase its energy efficiency. Log homes however, don't have this space, so they cannot be insulated in the typical manner.
A study conducted by the National Bureau of Standards and The Department of Energy shows the energy conserving "Thermal Mass Effect" of the log home is superior to standard insulated walls.
A 28 week test conducted by the National Bureau of Standards found that a log home's "Thermal Mass" is a very important factor in energy efficiency and will reduce a home's overall energy needs. This means it costs less to heat and cool a home built with logs.
The test was performed by building 6 identical 20' buildings on the Bureaus testing grounds in Washington, D.C. The only difference in the 6 buildings was the material used in the exterior walls. As an example, the insulated wood frame house was built with 5/8" exterior wood siding, 2"x 4" stud walls, fiberglass insulation, plastic vapor barrier, and gypsum dry wall, giving the walls a nominal R-value of R-12. The log home however was built with 7" solid wood logs with no additional insulation, no vapor barrier and no interior dry wall. This wall had an R-value of 10.
These tests have proved log homes are about 30% more energy efficient than other insulated "stick built" or wood frame homes. Even though the insulation value of the wood frame home was 20% higher, the log home was still 30% more efficient over the course of a year.
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Wood Preservation Information
Yellowstone at Deep Creek Lake uses the Only exterior water-repellent wood preservative that is toxic to Termites and Powder Post Beetles. Woodguard is an oil-based exterior wood preservative for log homes, wood siding and shake shingles.
- Woodguard is the ONLY wood preservative that is toxic to TERMITES and POWDER POST BEETLES.
- Woodguard protects against fading and discoloration due to decay, fungus, and mold while providing water repellency by penetrating deeply into the wood. Woodguard is a registered pesticidal product and under normal conditions will control the growth of fungal organisms.
- Woodguard also protects against cupping, curling and warping.
- Woodguard is VOC compliant in all 50 states.
- Woodguard is available in original clear and 5 factory pre-tints
Yellowstone at Deep Creek Lake Log Homes applies Woodguard to the exterior of every home they build to the point of refusal. This insures a sufficient coat on all surfaces. It is recommended that retreating be done within the first 4 - 5 years and then every 5 - 8 years thereafter. Surfaces subjected to standing water, chlorine, sprinkler systems, concrete flashback or other harsh conditions may require earlier retreating.