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Buying Green Logs for Log Cabin (MO)

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From: Phil Reed
St. Louis, MO
I need roughly 65 green logs for building a large cabin in the STL area.

Can you recommend a type that I could find in the midwest that would give me roughly 30 ft or more long logs with fairly low taper?

And then recommend where I could obtain them?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Phil:

Yellow-poplar and oak are pretty popular hardwood species for log cabins. Granted, I've seen some log cabins made from other hardwood species: hickory, ash, sweetgum, basswood, etc. Some people tend to use what ever is native to their area. Each species tends to have its advantages and disadvantages as a log cabin wood.

Conifers are also commonly used: spruce, white pine, southern yellow pine, lodgepole pine, western redcedar, northern white-cedar, fir, Douglas-fir, baldcypress, and hemlock.

As far as obtaining these logs, please speak with your local state forestry agency or your state's extension forestry specialist.

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