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Cedar vs. Pine


Almost one year has passed since I [moved into] my new Katahdin home, which was constructed in ... Woodledge Village, PA. ... I would like to express our sincere gratitude to your dealer, Marydee Mock, for [her] highly professional ... involvement at all stages of my project implementation. I wish you and your company further success in providing [Pennsylvania] residents with great service and quality... log homes.... Again thank you very much!

Gregory Gorbulsky

A tree is a tree - what's the difference?

In short, the species of tree you choose for your log home can make a huge difference. Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) provides many advantages over pine, a commonly used wood in log homes.

Rot Resistance & Insects

Water Content


Thermal rating (R-value)

The R-value is used to measure how well a material resists the flow of heat through it.

Thermal Mass Factor

Another measure is Thermal Mass, which reflects a material's density (in pounds per cubic foot) and its specific mass. The higher the R-Value/Thermal Mass Factor, the easier your home is to heat.



  1. Haataja, B.A. and P.E. Laks. 1995. Properties of flakeboard made from northern white-cedar. Forest Products Journal 45(1): 68-70
  2. University of Maine-Orono - Forest Products Laboratory and Forest Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  3. Forest Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  4. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - Wood Handbook
  5. ASHRAE Handbook, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers