Hochstetler Milling LTD of New England

The Hochstetler Difference

We are confident you'll find, from start to finish, a Hochstetler log home offers one of the highest quality and value combinations in the log home market. Take a closer look and consider:

  1. Buying Mill-Direct. When you buy mill-direct you can save up to 30% on the cost of your logs. No middleman means less cost to you. 
  2. Grade Certified. All logs and beams are carefully inspected and graded in accordance with the rigid standards of the Log Home Council. Simply put, you can pay more... you won’t buy better
  3. Precision Milled. Our state-of-the-art Yates Planer enables us to mill logs and beams to tolerances of .01 of an inch. This results in tighter fitting, more energy-efficient logs and easier, timesaving installation.
  4. Kiln-Dried. Our standard logs are air-dried first to take advantage of the slow drying process, and then are finished drying down to 18% in the dry kiln to give you the best log possible.


Hochstetler Milling has developed a unique weathertight system that makes each log home extremely energy efficient. This system features a tapered, precision-milled tongue-and-groove fit that is self aligning, making it superior to conventional tongue-and-groove systems used by competitors. Builders appreciate how easy it is to stack the logs with this system. In fact, we’ve heard that even inexperienced builders have little trouble when it comes to assembling one of our log homes!

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  • Logs are natural insulators because they provide thermal mass
  • What is thermal mass? Essentially it means that logs store heat and release it later, unlike manmade insulation that relies on R-values to block cold air

The National Institute of Standards reports that log homes use less energy than traditionally constructed homes. Consider this:

  • Spring/Fall energy usage is 46% less
  • Summer energy usage is 24% less
  • Winter energy usage is unchanged
  • In terms of conserving energy, it pays to consider a log home!


Several factors can influence the species of log selected for building a log home, such as preference, site location, and cost. Below is a summary of  the most popular species choices, including the benefits for each type.

With a high R-value and low cost, Eastern White Pine is an excellent option for most areas. It is easy to install and has low shrinkage, which makes it a popular choice. An outstanding value, our Eastern White Pine is a top-quality northern pine species harvested north of the Ohio River.

If you are looking for a versatile species that provides the highest R-value, White Cedar is an excellent option. Not only does White Cedar provide the highest R-value of any species commonly used for log homes, but it is decay and insect resistant. We harvest our White Cedar from Michigan.

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Due to their natural resistance to decay and insects, Red Cedar and Cypress are great options for extremely humid areas such as Florida and Louisiana. Red Cedar and Cypress have a lower R-value than White Pine or White Cedar. Our Cypress is harvested from the deep southern coastal regions and our Red Cedar comes from the West Coast.

Regardless of the species of wood you choose, it is important to take steps to preserve the beauty of your log home, including:

  1. Shielding your home from the sun’s rays by designing it with large overhangs (at least two feet) and covered porches. Using White Pine with large overhangs is better than spending money on more costly logs such as Cypress or Cedar on a home that will have small overhangs. 
  2. Always selecting a long-lasting, quality finish that includes a UV guard. When a quality finish is used, moisture can properly escape, which allows the logs to breath while minimizing “checking.” A quality finish should last 3-4 years for full-sun southern exposures and 6-8 years for northern exposures. Inexpensive finishes that only last a year or two are not advised.


Hochstetler Milling’s standard log profiles include: “D” Log, Double Round, and Square. Species options include Eastern White Pine, Northern White Cedar, Western Red Cedar, and Cypress. Custom design variations of these profiles—such as the lapsiding profile—are also available. 

All three standard profiles include options for 6” or 8” thick logs. The 8” thick logs offer greater insulation and are usually a better choice in northern climates. 6” thick logs are the least expensive option, generally running around $4,000-$5,000 less than 8” thick for an average 2,000 square-foot home.

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corner joints at hochstetler log homes

Corner Joints

There are three different choices for corner joints on a log home, and selecting an option comes down to personal preference and log profile. The Saddlenotch joint is available on the Double Round log profile, and the Dovetail joint is available on the Square log profile. The simplest and most economical joint is the Butt-and-Pass, which can be used on any of the log profiles.

Regardless of choice, you can be sure that each joint, combined with our tongue-and-groove log system, will give you an exceptionally sound and sturdy wall and a beautiful log home.