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Moosehead Cedar Log Homes Interview

Today we are pleased to announce a new feature to our website, a guest Interview with Mr. Randall Comber, President of Moosehead Cedar Log Homes.  The following questions are designed to give prospective new home buyers insight into the company and the products they produce.
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How long has Moosehead Cedar Log Homes been manufacturing log homes?

1982, started by a local logging contractor and one of the founding fathers of another well known lof home company. After the death of the logger, his family decided to sell the company, and my wife and I purchased it in 1996.

Your company is based in Maine, and has offices in a number of different states, do you service the entire USA and Canada?

All of the U.S., Canada, as well as International. We have homes in Japan, Philippines, and Germany.

Your homes are made using cedar, why is cedar such a popular choice and do you use other wood species?

Cedar has natural resistance to insects, rot, and has the highest R value of wood used in log homes. It is a natural product requiring no chemical treatments, and air dries very quickly, further reducing the energy demand required of other species that need to be kiln dried.

I noted a substantial number of floor plans on your website, but if a customer is looking for a custom plan, what is required to make that happen?

We have an inhouse staff of designers that can custom design to customer needs. 95% of our business requires some type of custom design work. We also have the ability to have engineer stamped plans if required.

What log profiles and corner styles does Moosehead produce?

We produce 6×6, 6×8, 8×8, 10×10, round/round, D-shaped, clapboard, with butt and pass, saddle notch, and our exclusive ‘energy saver solid corner’.

Every log home company seems to have their recommended log finishes. What does Moosehead recommend for internal and external finishes?

There are alot of good finishes on the market today, but we have had good results with Perma-Chink, Sansin, Sikkens, and Sashco.

The term “camps” when talking about country cabins, originates from the northeast. Are there any distinguishing characteristics of a ‘camp’ home vs. another log home?

Usually the size of building and grade and shape of wall log are the characteristics of a “camp”.

How has this dreadful economy affected your company? Is Moosehead doing anything different today than you were doing before the real estate market headed south?

We are currently offering to hold our 2008 pricing into the first half of 2009 if customers deposit 10% by Jan. 31 2009. If they deposit 30%, we will also include delivery anywhere in the continental U.S. east of
the Mississippi River.

What has been the biggest change(s) you’ve seen in the log home business over the years?

The homes have grown from “camps” to castles, with numerous bathrooms, wine cellars, in-home theaters, huge kitchens, fireplaces, etc.

You are a member of the ‘Log Homes Council’, should that membership have any significant meaning to a consumer?

It should ensure a customer that we adhere to grading standards, business ethics, and a set of standards.

What is the Moosehead Cedar Log Homes difference?

Obviously cedar would be the biggest reason because of its inherent properties which make it a superior species for log homes, but also the fact that we do more custom design than some of the competition.  We also do more pre-cutting and notching for our packages than alot of other companies, which results in savings for the customer as the builder does not have to do this onsite. We also have a very comprehensive construction manual included with every home.

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5 comments to Moosehead Cedar Log Homes Interview

  • If cedar is such a great wood to use for a log home, how come more companies don’t use it?

  • Tom

    That’s a very good question, Julie. Hopefully someone else may weigh in on this, but in my mind it is primarily based on geography. It seems that most companies use the raw materials close by their manufacturing facility. This might explain why there aren’t many log home manufacturers in places like Arizona or New Mexico.

    Just as companies in the Southeast use cypress because of its availability and great qualities, those with cedar in their vicinity take advantage of it. Pine & fir are probably the most used woods because they are so plentiful in so many areas.

  • With the kiln drying process and staining products out there, if you follow the maintenance schedule on your log home – there isn’t a reason a log home made out of other wood species native to the area such as pine shouldn’t last as long. We had a choice between cedar and norway pine – we liked the aesthetic features of the norway pine (knotty characteristics) which is why we elected to go that route.

  • I’m a dealer for Moosehead and went with them because of their high quality product and most importantly, they use cedar. I will not build or sell anything made out of pine. Pine is not a good choice for a certain climates like New England. If you knew how many calls I get looking for repairs on the rot damage for their pine log siding or pine log homes. It doesn’t hold up well no matter how you dry it or treat it.

  • CHRIS GUNN

    I am wondering if cedar would stand up to humidity and heat in the philipines also what about termites over there, I am planning to build a log home in Nabus, aklan panay island near boracay. what is the cost to ship the package over there?

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