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I own land in the MO. Ozarks and want to build a small cabin. I have plenty of Eastern red cedar. Would cedar be better than oak, hickory or other hardwoods. Seems most older cabins are made of hardwoods.
thanks,
Dale

Answer:

Cedar would be fine. Most cedar does not have a big diameter and will take more logs.

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Posted By Bob
11/21/2007
We built our cabin this year (2007) from eastern red cedar. We love it! 3 coats of Cabot stain on the exterior have preserved the color and have protected the logs. The red cedar is supposed to be insect and rot resistent. So far, that has proven true. Ours are 6" "D" logs, 10 foot walls with vaulted ceiling in great room. We checked out pine and oak. One thing we considered: if the local bugs like the local wood, why use local wood for our cabin to chew on?? We love the red cedar!