I think Todd was using "Stain A" and "Stain B" as a comparison because he was trying to abide by Mr. Thomas' dislike of vendors pushing products on this forum. In my experience, the greater sq. feet per gallon = higher solids content = higher raw materials cost = higher price per gallon. This formula is not always true. Log home finish longevity is not an exact science. There are too many factors which influence the longevity of a finish. What works for one person on the East Coast using White Pine may or may not work for another using Doug Fir in Minnesota or Western Red Cedar in California. I think what Dave is looking for is which finish is going to give him the best bang for his buck (which everybody else is as well). This is a valid point. I am sure if you call Todd or email him he will be able to provide you the identity of the stains used in the comparison. In the next coming days (when I get some time), I will try to address Dave’s concerns in a non-bias way without pushing any one product and not offending anyone.
We went with the 10" logs and glad we did. The bulk is better for thermal mass also. The saddle notches came with select logs. Yellowstone Log Homes took our plans and figured out exactly what we needed and then labeled the logs accordingly. All we had to do was measure, cut, and stack logs, for the most part. :) We paid a set price for the log kit. Give them a call as well as any other log supplier and you will get good information. Be sure to shop around after you have some idea as to what you want. Home this helped. Dave
Hi. Julie designed the floor plan for our home and then we took it to Yellowstone log homes and they figured out the logs we needed for it. It was easy for them since it is very close to one of their plans called the Hillside. Dave