At our log home building class we explain all the various ways you can get logs for your log home building project.
We explain how to buy logs, and we also go over three methods of getting free houselogs. Two of those methods are right from the Federal government.
Here are a few emails from our members who have received free houselogs:
We went to look at our logs yesterday. It was really exciting. The woman at the forest service told us we could have as many as we wanted… These are all Ponderosa Pine. We were going to try to use them for everything (milled for lumber, girders, rpsl’s)… She priced a 63 ft log with a 15 inch avg. diameter for $0.27, so we figure we can get all the logs we need for less than $60…Thanks for the guidance.
Erin and Billy
We received this email in early 2008. We’re happy to hear that government can still serve the people, as it was originally meant to do.
I wanted to write you and Steve and tell you of our current success here in Colorado. We got a hold of the head logger guy at a national forest close to us and are going to meet with him on June 30th to fill out the permit paperwork.
He has told us to take some time and pick out the area that we would like to get our house logs from and then we can show it to him when we meet with him. The prices quoted to use for the cost of our “house logs” is around $1 per log or less… sounds pretty good to me since lumber mills around here are quoting us over $160 per log.
I will keep you updated on this and let you know how it all turns out.
Salina & Matt
Not everyone can make this sort of deal work, but with the right knowledge you have a far better chance of getting what are essentially “free” logs.
Without the right information you have virtually no chance of getting free logs to build your log home. In fact without the right information it’s hard to even buy them at a decent price. We generally recommend that you don’t contact local log sources before taking the class — because it’s hard to use our money saving tips after you have already talked to the log suppliers.
I just purchased 4 truck loads of nice Douglas fir (80 to 110 feet long, 20” at the butt to an 8” top) for about $300 + logging/hauling costs from the Ministry of Forests. When we get everything sorted out, I will post the process to the members forum.
This member lives in British Columbia. Devon used one of the tips from class to obtain his ‘free logs’ (at about $75 per truck load that’s pretty much free). Even in Canada there are many opportunities to get great houselogs for free.