Bright & Airy Cordwood Home

Bright & Airy Cordwood Home

Bright & Airy Cordwood Home by Valerie Davidson  (condensed)    “Another couple has stopped by to view our Cordwood Home in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. They approach us at the door, “He” smiling brightly, “She” reluctantly following. They enter...
Wood Stoves for Cordwood Homes

Wood Stoves for Cordwood Homes

Many people are attracted to cordwood construction for the potentially low cost of building materials (wood)  and the possibility of heating ones own home with a sustainable natural resource (wood). If you have a woodlot, your cordwood home can be heated for your...
Cordwood Stairways

Cordwood Stairways

Folks ask: “Can I mortar logs for a stairway into a cordwood wall.”  The answer is YES, if you do it using Best Practices.  If not done correctly, the stairs will loosen in the cordwood wall and cause degradation of the mortar. Above is an example of a...
Double Wall Cordwood

Double Wall Cordwood

In the mid-70’s Cliff Shockey of Vanscoy, Saskatchewan, Canada decided to build an energy efficient home of recycled cordwood, but since he lived where the temps would go down to -50, he decided to build “double wall.” He built a post and beam...
Best Wood for Cordwood?

Best Wood for Cordwood?

One of the Frequently Asked Cordwood Questions (FACQ) is: “What type of wood can I use?”  At one time, the answer was, “Anything you got.”  But over time folks realized that there were good, better and best options for wood selection.  To...
Cordwood Flooring “Kicking it up a notch”

Cordwood Flooring “Kicking it up a notch”

Monte Loomis sent pictures and a video of his new method of laying cordwood flooring.  Needless to say, I was blown away by the beauty of his self-described “Jig-Saw Puzzle method.” “For my end grain floor, I used 3/4 inch-thick white cedar. Each...