Stackwall Corners Gone Wrong

Stackwall Corners Gone Wrong

What happens when the mortar of your stackwall corner starts to move and crack?  The picture below gives a good example of a stackwall corner in distress.  There is vertical mortar crack most of the way down the wall. The horizontal quoins (6 x 6″ beams) should...
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 one’s own home with a sustainable natural resource (wood). If you have a woodlot, your cordwood home can be heated for...
Cordwood in Oklahoma is OK

Cordwood in Oklahoma is OK

Alan & Rebecca Barreca sent me the following pictures and information on their beautiful home in SE Oklahoma. For those who are wondering about cordwood in a hot, humid climate, this will help answer your questions. “We moved into our 16 sided cordwood home...
Take a Peek Inside a Cordwood Home

Take a Peek Inside a Cordwood Home

Want to see what a cordwood home looks like on the inside?  Here’s your chance.  When I post a cordwood photo, folks often ask, “What does that look like on the inside? Bryan & Lois Pratt built this unbelievably gorgeous cordwood home in Woodland...
Tiny Off-Grid Cordwood Cabin with Straw-Clay is Timber Framed

Tiny Off-Grid Cordwood Cabin with Straw-Clay is Timber Framed

Stu and Midge have been building a unique, off-grid cordwood cabin in western Wisconsin using cordwood for some walls and straw/clay (also known as light straw/clay) for others. The cabin is 12′ x 16′.  Built on strengthened posts and piers. The cordwood...
Cordwood Open to the Public

Cordwood Open to the Public

Many folks would like to visit a cordwood home before they take the plunge to build one.  Most cordwood owner/builders are very kind & like to share, but they are also homeowners and usually very busy with householder tasks and responsibilities. In order to help...