Green Tip: Zera™ Food Recycler


Residential food waste handling has come a long way from the original trash compactor — once skeptically described as an appliance that turns 30 pounds of garbage into 30 pounds of garbage. Today’s home likely separates trash into recyclables and non-recyclables, and returnable or deposit bottles and cans. Many homes recycle their food waste into compost piles or compost bins. This directs food waste streams away from landfills and provides useful fertilizer for the garden.

The big drawback to traditional composting is that it takes time to create a useful fertilizer. One new appliance promises to turn a week’s worth of food waste into recycled compost in just 24 hours, though a fully automated process. The Zera™ Food Recycler is a product of Whirlpool’s WLabs.

The appliance reduces kitchen food waste by more than 65% of its volume resulting in ready-to-spread fertilizer in just a day’s time. The process is easy, odorless and can even be started and monitored through a smart phone app. The Zera comes with HEPA carbon filters to keep the process under wraps. Though not yet available in the open market, the units are available for pre-order for October delivery, along with air filters and additives to speed the process.

Barn Lights Bring Great Looks to Log Homes

Barn lights are a class of lighting that never goes out of style. With their clean forms and practical design, they’ve been a utilitarian lighting staple for decades in rural areas and factory settings. One company, Barn Light Electric, has revived the porcelain-coated, steel lamps that once dominated lighting beginning in the 1930s. Barn Light…

Logapalooza & Open Houses Offer Log Home Experiences

Just because the log home show season is over doesn’t mean you can’t get some first-hand experience and information about Katahdin Cedar Log Homes. We’re excited about our upcoming Western Maine Logapalooza in Newry at the beautiful Jordan Grand Hotel at Sunday River Resort. Tour 9 Katahdin Homes! One reason this Logapalooza is special— the…

Material Evidence: Soapstone

Soapstone is a material that is finding its way into many log homes. It’s a great looking material and has some unique properties that make it a great choice for many rooms. Types of Soapstone Soapstone, the common name for steatite, is made up of two mineral substances: talc, which gives it its “soapy” feel…

Five Log Raising Tips: What to Look for On Site

We love log raisings! They’re a great way to see just what happens when building a log home—it’s different from a typical framed building! Since we’re planning a bunch of Katahdin log raising events and open houses in the coming months, here are some log raising tips to look for when you attend a log…

Five Great Reasons to Go to Logapalooza

Looking for in-depth answers to your questions about designing and building your dream Katahdin Cedar Log Home? If you have a chance to attend one of our amazing Logapalooza Log Home Seminar and Home Tours, we highly recommend it! Need more information? Here are five great reasons to attend the next Logapalooza this year. Log…

Green Tip: Sonnenbatterie Solar Energy Storage

One of the dilemmas with solar power is how to store the energy created on sunny days for use on cloudy days or at night. Many homeowners utilize their state’s net metering technology, which sends excess solar energy back through the grid for a credit. This energy credit then offsets energy use when the sun…

Architectural Mailboxes Make a Curbside Statement

Equipping your new Katahdin Cedar Log Home with a mailbox may not seem like a big deal, but getting it right can save a lot of headaches. With the growth in internet marketing and delivery, the US Postal Service issued new specifications for rural mailbox design to accommodate the increased mailers and small parcels that…

Kitchen Voice Commands Make Life “Hands-Free”

Ever wish for an extra set of hands in the kitchen? GE Appliances has teamed up with Amazon’s Alexa voice controls to allow you to control your refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher with voice commands. The appliances are part of GE’s Monogram line equipped with GE’s Geneva Skill software. Other GE appliances that offer hands-free operation…

Steel Cable Railing —Safety & Visibility

Log home enthusiasts often select their land for the beautiful views and design windows, decks, and porches to take full advantage of the scenery. Indoors, too, many Katahdin homes feature lofts and staircases to provide interior views. The challenge is often being able to enjoy the view without obstruction, while maintaining safety and clean design.…

Two More Log Home Shows + Logapalooza in June!

We’re not finished with log home shows yet! These events are a great way to get started on designing and building your own stunning log home. Check out Katahdin’s beautiful booth and meet with our log home experts one-on-one. Katahdin takes pride in providing straight information and plenty of super ideas. If we’re coming to…

Three More Chances to Meet Katahdin Log Home Experts

It’s been a busy spring but we haven’t finished with log home shows yet! These events are a great way to get started on designing and building your own stunning log home. Check out Katahdin’s beautiful booth and meet with our log home experts one-on-one. Katahdin takes pride in providing straight information and plenty of…

After the Fire: Stepping Up to Help Rebuild Gatlinburg

The forest fire that swept through Gatlinburg in November 2016 was devastating to this small tourist-centered town in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The numbers tell some of the tale: 14 dead, 191 injured, and 2,460 structures damaged or destroyed. Despite the devastation, Gatlinburg survivors are determined to rebuild. Katahdin’s longtime dealers and LogHeads reality…