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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your Mill hours?
The mill and store are open Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4 pm.  Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm.  We are happy to accommodate extended hours - please call to make an apopintment.

What is the difference between a board foot and a linear foot?

A board foot of lumber is equal to a square foot lumber 1" thick.   In other words, one board foot is a piece of lumber that is 1 foot wide, 1 foot long and 1 inch thick.   A 'linear foot' is the same thing as a 'foot'. Sometimes we use the phrase 'linear foot' to make it clear we are not talking about square feet or cubic feet.  Linear feet just means any distance or length measured in feet.

What is the best way to order Tongue and Groove flooring?

The best way to order T&G is to provide us with the square footage.  Let us work with you on including a waste factor and we'll get you close on pricing.

What does 'mill run' mean?

'Mill run' lumber means we don’t sort and grade it.   It is as it comes off the Mill. Ensure that you add a factor of 10-15%.  (For example, you may get a knot and have to cut around it, that’s why a small waste factor is important) 

If we have to grade and sort, the cost will be adjusted accordingly.

 What is 'green' lumber?

Green lumber comes right off the Mill and is not Kiln dried.  It still has the moisture in it.  Green lumber can be used for building.

Is your lumber dry?
Everything we put through our planners is kiln dried.  Our pine lumber used for log homes, tongue and groove lumber, and flooring and interior panel products are always Kiln-Dried. Most of the hemlock timbers and construction lumber are air dried. 'Air dried' is also referred to as 'stick dried'.

What species of lumber do you handle?
Our Mill is a softwood mill. We carry a full line of native hemlock and pine.

Do you carry 'finished' lumber?

We can plane our rough cut wood to provide you with a smooth surface.  We do need lead time, so if you are looking for planed wood, please call us to place an order.

Will you take trees from my yard?

It is too risky for us to take yard trees.  Unfortunately you never know what might be in them (i.e. hooks, nails, spikes, clothes line hooks, etc).  If we damage a saw blade on piece of metal, it becomes a large expense for us.  We are happy to put you in touch with loggers that have portable sawmills that may be interested.

Do you buy standing timber?

If you have a substantial parcel of land, we can put you in touch with a Forester who may be interested in looking at the trees on your property.

Do you manufacture log cabin kits?

We have a few plans that are available for your convenience, however you can design your own, build your own, and save.   We sell the logs by the lineal foot. 

What we have found most economical and much quicker are our Timber Frame Pavilions.  All the components are manufactured at the Mill and are erected on site.  You can even have log siding or board and batton on the outside, so when the pavilion goes up....your done!

Do you build the pavillion on site?

Pavillions are pre-cut, pre-drilled, and ready for assembly.  Most of the work is done in-house, here at the Mill. We are able to provide contractor names for you to contact regarding assembling the pavillion on your site.

What ground preparation do I need for a pavillion?

Depending on the size of the pavillion you are ordering, you may need Sona tubes or a concrete slab.

Should I stain my log cabin / pavillion?

Yes.   Staining helps the pavillion weather better and keeps the wood from the elements.  .

What do you suggest as an exterior stain for my log cabin / pavillion?
We handle a superior line of exterior stains manufactured by Continental Products. They have 12 different shades to choose from. Available in gallons and a handy 5 gallon can. Each gallon has a coverage of 250 sq.ft.  Color charts available and we carry color samples for you to try. 


Will you stain my pavillion?

Yes, your pavillion can be stained in-house for an additional cost.

How often do I need to stain my log home or cabin?
A rule of thumb is usually 3 to 5 years. A lot of this depends on the exposure to sunlight and other weather conditions.

Is there really a difference in metal roofing?

We try to educate our customers that there are different qualities of metal roofing within the same thickness.  For example, the lower the gauge, the heavier the metal.  We carry a heavy duty 27 gauge, a premium 28 gauge, and an economy 29 gauge.  There is minimal price difference between the gauges and we always suggest you consider what you are using it for before making any decisions.

Lay it down and look at it, you can’t tell the difference and neither can I.  Most people selling metal roofing don't even know there is a difference.  So, if you’re shopping for price, we suggest you go armed with this knowledge.  We carry all grades to meet any budget.

We have been selling metal roofing for almost 30 years.  Our knowledge, pricing, and quality cannot be beat!

Do you carry metal roofing accessories?

Yes, all trims and accessories are available for order.  Custom trims are also available.

How do I measure for metal roofing?

Measure from the eave to the peak of the roof...mark down that measurement.  Then measure your ridge for length.  That is the information you want to have when you order.  (The panels are 38" wide which provides 3 ft of coverage.)  We order the metal cut to the inch, that way you are not paying for any waste or labor cost in cutting it. 

Everything is custom ordered since everyone wants a different length and color.  If we have your order by noon on Monday, we will have your metal roofing delivered to the Mill no later than Friday. 

See our metal roofing page for trim and color charts.

Do you sell saw dust?

Saw dust is hauled as quick as we can make it.  Call in advance.

Do you deliver?

Yes, we can deliver.  Our delivery charge is $75/hr from the time the truck leaves the Mill to the time the truck returns.  There is a minimum charge of $75.00.  Someone must be available to unload the delivery.