A wooden house will shrink. No matter how dry the wood was initially, over time, during a period of approximately two years, all residual humidity will slowly evaporate from the wood and the wood will become more dry. Wood shrinks in one direction only: lateral, but not longitudinal, or in other words, logs will become thinner, but not shorter.
For log-houses you can use three types of wood:
- dried wood
- non-dried wood
- laminated wood
Dried wood is cut down, peeled and then dried in a drier room. At sixty degrees Celcius the wood will dry with a speed of one centimeter per day and so a forty centimeter log will have to stay in the drier for twenty days. Continue reading