Cordwood Homes and Barns
also known as Stackwall, Log End, Stovewood or Cordwood Masonry...



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The Kruza House, built in 1884 in Shawano County, Wisconsin was ”built of stovewood laid in a bed of mortar.” www.lsvejda.wordpress.com



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cordwood house
Cordwood Lodge Bed & Breakfast in Bracebridge, Ontario. www.bedbreakfasthome.com



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cordwood house
Renyard Felt's cordwood home near Adel, Georgia. The home is made of cypress and was built in the 70's. Using dry wood and building with slow curing mortar is key to minimal cracking. www.cordwoodconstruction.org

 



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cordwood house
Camp Cordwood, Northern Michigan. With cordwood building, curves are easy. www.thenauhaus.com



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Mushwood on Chataugay Lake by Rob Roy. If you do the labor yourself, and use wood from your property, this is a very inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to own a home. Image by Pseu www.flickr.com



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Cradlerock under construction, Ontario, Canada. www.cradlerockhomestead.com



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Cordwood Home by Rob Roy near Rochester, NY., image by Peter Turkow. Via Rob Roy's FB page: www.facebook.com


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Carlson Home near Rochester, NY. by Rob Roy. Via Rob Roy's FB page: www.facebook.com



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Local building codes often require a supporting structure, such as post and beam, then cordwood as an infill, even though the cordwood alone could support a substantial load. University of Alaska www.snras.blogspot.com



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Alan Adolphson's cordwood home, Hope, Maine. Although spacing the split wood close together is fine, it should not touch, as this could promote damp conditions leading to rot. www.midcoast.com



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The whole house is built with 14" Aspen (poplar). All the walls are load bearing. Great Stuff foam was used for insulation. Alan Adolphson. www.midcoast.com
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Alan Adolphson's cordwood home, Hope, Maine. Looks like stone from afar. www.midcoast.com



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True arches around many doors and windows. Alan Adolphson's cordwood home, Hope, Maine. www.midcoast.com

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Alan Adolphson's cordwood home, Hope, Maine. Do not place the split logs with a flat surface facing upward, they will collect rain. www.midcoast.com



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cordwood house
Stone fireplace & oven to left - cordwood wall on right. Alan Adolphson's cordwood home, Hope, Maine. www.midcoast.com



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Alan Adolphson's cordwood home, Hope, Maine. www.midcoast.com



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Mark and Chelsea's home in Kenai, Alaska. The walls are 14″ spruce with foam insulation in the center cavity between the two 3″ mortar beads. thenauhaus.com



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cordwood house
Mark and Chelsea's home in Kenai, Alaska. thenauhaus.com



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Cordwood Lodge, Northern Wisconsin. daycreek.com



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Cordwood Lodge, Northern Wisconsin. daycreek.com



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Cordwood home in Upstate New York, off-grid. www.rainharvest.co.za



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cordwood house
Luke & Amy's cordwood home of debarked cedar in Spartanburg, SC. Lots of overhang for South Carolina's wet weather. Via: cordwoodconstruction.wordpress.com



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Cordwood House by Wayne Higgins (Stonewood) - Log cabin on left, shingle for the second floor, cordwood on right. www.daycreek.com



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cordwood house
Ravenwood is a double wall, LPM, foam insulated triangular home in upstate New York by Bruce Kilgore and Nancy Dow. www.daycreek.com



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Cordwood Garage in New London, MN. Photo by Greg Harp. www.pbase.com



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Cordwood Carriage House, New London, Minnesota. For a rectilinear house without a heavy post-and-beam frame, stackwall corners can be built of squared log-ends called quoins. The stacked corner functions as a post. www.facebook.com



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Bear Claw by Ojibwe tribal artist Bill Paulson, in the wall of the cordwood home on the White Earth Reservation in Naytahwaush, Minnesota. cordwoodconstruction.wordpress.com



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Cordwood home in Northern Wisconsin. www.daycreek.com



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Richard Flatau, West Canada. www.daycreek.com



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cordwood house
Lakewood Hollow, www.lakewoodhollow.com



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Stone, shingle and cordwood house. If you have stone on your property, start building with that. Collect logs and let them dry for about a year, then add a cordwood addition to your stone home. Image by Mark Angelini www.flickr.com



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Cordwood Barn, Oconto County, Wisconsin. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com



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Cordwood Barn, Oconto County, Wisconsin. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com



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cordwood house
Stone Creek Camp, Flat Head Lake, Montana. www.stonecreekmontana.com Architects: www.anderssonwise.com



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cordwood house
Stone Creek Camp, Flat Head Lake, Montana. Architects: www.anderssonwise.com



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cordwood house
Stone Creek Camp, Flat Head Lake, Montana. Architects: www.anderssonwise.com



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cordwood house
Stone Creek Camp, Flat Head Lake, Montana. www.stonecreekmontana.com Architects: www.anderssonwise.com



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Cordwood home in Quebec, Canada. Love the old pipes, as well as the wall.
For more info: www.troglodium.com



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Luke and Amy's cordwood home in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Via: cordwoodconstruction.org



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Inside walls.


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Mermaid Cordwood Cottage in Del Norte, Colorado. Via: cordwoodconstruction.org



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cordwood house
Feather by Ojibwe tribal artist Bill Paulson, in the wall of the cordwood home on the White Earth Reservation in Naytahwaush, Minnesota.. Image: Robert Zahorski. cordwoodconstruction.wordpress.com


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Grant Nicholson's arched door on his double wall, slip form, cast quions cordwood home in Owen Sound, Ontario. Via: www.facebook.com



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Glass bottles frame the window. Cordwood walls on top of a stone foundation. Image by Scot DeGraf www.flickr.com



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cordwood house
Indoor tile mosaic 'stream', interior cordwood wall, and hand-hewn beams from self-harvested timber at Rainbow Valley Farm. Photo by Kristi www.flickr.com



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Cordwood Home (without mortar) of Armin Blasbichler, Tyrol, Italy.
www.arminblasbichler.com



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Cordwood Home of Armin Blasbichler. Cordwood and clocks are sandwiched between glass. www.arminblasbichler.com



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Cordwood in the bathroom.
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Mecikalski Store, built in 1900, in Jennings, Wisconsin. Eighteen-inch lengths of cedar logs were used. www.rentandmortgagefree.pdf



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Cordwood Barn. www.gallery.pasty.com



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Stackwell cornered barn, Canada. www.cordwoodmasonry.com



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George J. Sauvala barn, 1929. Between Houghton and Chassel Michigan. Image: Wayne Higgins. www.daycreek.com



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Cordwood Barn.


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Stovewood Chicken Coop, Michigan, built in the 1930s. © Bob Kisken www.fadingad.com



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For a cob mortar mix: 5 gallons clay soaked in water, 5 gallons sawdust, 5 gallons dry manure, 5 gallons sand, 2-1/3 c. flour glue/EM, 1/3 c. psyllium powder, and 1 tsp. EM ceramic powder and 1-2 gallons of water. www.home-n-stead.com & www.daycreek.com



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cordwood house
Sage Mountain Center, Montana. Love the mix of rectangular wood with the logs. www.sagemountain.org



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cordwood house
Sage Mountain Center, Montana. Love the mix of rectangular/square wood with the logs. www.sagemountain.org



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Cobwood construction, the inner wall space will be filled with an insulating material. www.daycreek.com



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Cordwood workshop in Grand Marais. See more pictures and info here: www.bennetthouseproject.blogspot.com



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Spray foam as insulation at White Earth Reservation, Minnesota. NPR  www.minnesota.publicradio.org



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More about cordwood on wikipedia - www.en.wikipedia.org. Image by Greg Webster.


There are remains of cordwood buildings in Greece and Siberia that date back a thousand years.


Before you Build:

As with all building methods, planning is necessary. Logs need to be dried to prevent expansion, shrinking and cracking. Trees should be cut and debarked, then allowed to dry for 1-2 years, before they are cut into lengths. Or, if you want your wood to dry faster, split it. The wood will dry faster, and it will crack and check less when in the wall. Before placing in the wall, spray or soak the cordwood in Borax. The Borax acts as an insecticide, a wood preservative and a fungicide. Use four cups of Borax (borate) mixed in a gallon of hot water. This can be sprayed on, or the logs can be dipped in the solution. You want your mortar to be 'soft' or a little flexible, not straight concrete or brick mud, because the logs continually shrink and swell.

R-value depends on the species of wood, thickness, and insulation you chose. Cedar has an R-value of 1.5 per inch; cut to 18" the R-value would be approximately R-27. The mortar will need to be insulated to bring the R-value up to par with the wood. In Canada, Cliff Stockey builds double wall homes (not shown): two cordwood walls with a vapor barrier and insulation in between. Cliff states that a 24" (8" cordwood + 8" insulation + 8" cordwood) double wall has an R value of 40+. Although this sounds like double the work, it is not, as you only need to point the outside and most inside wall. www.daycreek.com


Wood types:

Softwoods are best. Cedar has a good R-value (1.5 per inch) and is naturally decay resistant. Hardwoods have a tendency to swell and crack mortar joints. The best softwoods: white cedar, white pine, cottonwood, poplar, red cedar, spruce or larch followed by hemlock and poplar. If all you have is hardwood, you must split the wood and let it dry for only months instead of years, otherwise it will expand in the wall.

For a 32' x 36' one story structure - you need approx 5 cords of cedar wood.


Resources:

Earthwood Building School's full length how-to videos. www.cordwoodmasonry.com
Best Practices with Cordwood Construction By Richard Flatau www.thenauhaus.com
Yahoo cordwood forum: www.groups.yahoo.com
Info on spray foam and double walls: www.daycreek.com
More photos: www.daycreek.com
Table of Insulation R Values - www.inspectapedia.com


Books:

Cordwood Building: The State of the Art, Rob Roy (Editor)
Collects the wisdom of more than 25 of the world’s best practitioners, detailing the long history of the method, and demonstrating how to build a cordwood home using the latest and most up-to-date techniques, with a special focus on building code issues. Author/editor Rob Roy has been building, researching, and teaching about cordwood masonry for 25 years; and, with his wife, started Earthwood Building School in 1981. Information about what species of wood are best, how to select, prepare and store the wood. www.amazon.com
List of recent books: www.daycreek.com


See Cordwood Sheds and Cabins as well...inspirationgreen.com/cordwood



 

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Chuck Kottke
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Cordwood Garages
Reply #13 on : Sun December 07, 2014, 19:19:03
A most beautiful site, thank you for being here on the web! My project is to fill in the walls of the open-air carport here on the farm, I have white pine or spruce available, but I am wondering about mortar with "give" - is it better to use an air-entrained mix with latex added?
mark lancette
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cordwood houses
Reply #12 on : Tue November 04, 2014, 07:56:33
I have an abundance of red pine available to me for my cordwood house. I was wondering why it was'nt on the list of usable softwoods in the inspirationgreen.com/cordwood article
Brian
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additional resources
Reply #11 on : Sat May 31, 2014, 09:12:37
I have a book published by the University of Manitoba called "Stackwall: How to Build It" which expands on the info in the redaer's digest Pub, Canadian edition "Back to basics". Harrowsmith Magazine during the 80's also had an article about using conventional wallcovering on the INSIDE of cordwood which included vapour barrier and more insulation with sheetrock covering. This made eventual shrinkage and air infiltration "moot" as the inside insualtion and vapour barrier eliminated this problem.
carol downing
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Re: Cordwood Homes and Barns
Reply #10 on : Sat February 08, 2014, 05:41:08
OMG Love It...so wanna do this for a cabin in the woods....
David Harrell
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cord wood cabin, round large in Ga. mts.
Reply #9 on : Mon July 01, 2013, 17:18:15
Any direction would be helpful, I have much flex in my design and would like a large round lodge and 7 to 8 cabins on property.

All the Best, David
Gerard Attoun
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Re: Cordwood Homes and Barns
Reply #8 on : Mon May 06, 2013, 12:43:20
I am a freelance writer wanting to do a story on cordwood homes. I live in Joplin, Missouri, so need a cordwood homebuilder within driving distance: Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma or Kansas. Preferably a home under construction. Please email me if you or someone you know is building such a home.
Steven
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Insurance
Reply #7 on : Sun January 27, 2013, 07:08:27
I live in Arkansas and my wife and I love this style of home. The only set back is home owners insurance. We have called in state and out of state but have had no luck in finding home owner insurance that would cover this style of structure. Can anyone help us?
Lauren
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Re: Cordwood Homes and Barns
Reply #6 on : Tue January 08, 2013, 17:51:59
This is a great resource. I have always wanted to build my own cabin and this have given me lots of great ideas. Thanks for putting this together.
Dana M. Sherman
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Cordwood Homes
Reply #5 on : Thu December 27, 2012, 12:57:47
I have a book from the seventies of Cordwood Homes out of Canada. One home is huge. It is a dream of mine to build it here in Maine.
Will
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Thank you!
Reply #4 on : Mon November 26, 2012, 14:27:11
I am moving to Alaska and have 5 acres there. Thank you for these images, because I probably will be making a home from some of these designs; my land has a lot of wood on it. Thanks again and Happy Holidays! :-)
Alex
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Thanks
Reply #3 on : Thu July 19, 2012, 04:18:09
Thanks for sharing lovely images, and great inspiration for own ideas.
Betty
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Re: Cordwood Homes and Barns
Reply #2 on : Mon April 23, 2012, 18:09:55
I really enjoyed your site. I've always wanted to build a cordwood house. some day I'm going too.
hillie waning vos
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wood and house
Reply #1 on : Thu November 24, 2011, 02:58:41
my qeutions is what will you do to the insect the wille find your woodenhouse?

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