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The Oak Leaf – June 2011

By June 1, 2011April 15th, 2024Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2011 issue of The Oak Leaf! For new readers, this is a monthly newsletter that is sent by e-mail to those that have expressed an interest in Gastineau Log Homes. We use this as a way of communicating technical, design and industry information. For more information, check out our web site at

Here is a photo from the loft of the home above looking down into the living room. This home was built with round interior and round exterior Oak logs.

Trivia Question: What is the longest tornado path on record?

Superior Wall Systems for your Gastineau Log Home. You should consider a Superior Wall System for your new log home construction. We can now provide your basement foundation installed in addition to your log home package. (Available in most areas.)

Brown’s Hunting Ranch chooses Gastineau Log Homes! Brown’s Hunting Ranch Club proudly announces the purchase of twelve Oak Log Cabin Suites and a temporary Main Lodge Cabin from Gastineau Log Homes for the first phase of the new Brown’s Hunting Ranch Club in South Dakota.
Brown’s Hunting Ranch Club first phase facilities will be located on 60 acres over looking South Whitlock Bay on the beautiful Missouri River with over 35,000 acres of the most incredible world class upland, waterfowl, and big game hunting along with the world class fishing on the Missouri River.

The proposed second phase will include a state of the art Oak Log Lodge and additional cabin suites within the next two to three years.

The 12 Oak Log Cabin Suites will be 13′ x 20′ 260 square ft of living space per unit. Each Oak Log Cabin Suite will consist of an extreme comfort queen size bed with a built in pedestal with storage, Oak T & G flooring, stone faced fireplace, spacious closet, air conditioning, under counter fridge in kitchenette/bar area and stainless steel sink featuring custom pine cabinetry, cathedral beamed ceilings, ceiling fan with lights, bathroom ceramic tiled floor with in floor heat, corner vanity, comfort toilet, and a three headed pulsating massage shower. The beautiful windows over look the incredible Missouri River. All this plus a 6 ft open porch to enjoy the scenery.

The new temporary lodge and dining hall will be 15′ x 60’and is a custom off site built custom building. The 1500 square ft lodge will have 900 square ft on the main floor and 600 square ft on the second floor. This lodge will serve as our temporary lodge until we finish the engineering and design of our new state of the art log lodge in the near future. This temporary lodge will have a stone faced fireplace in the dining/lounge area, Oak T & G flooring, finished knotty alder cabinetry, cathedral style ceiling, large beautiful double pane high efficiency windows, full bathroom, a full commercial kitchen capable of serving guests gourmet meals, bar area with under counter stainless steel fridge, sink, finished liquor cabinetry with glass doors, open stairwell going up to loft area featuring two bedrooms in the loft area. The exterior will feature oak log siding and a 29 gauge brown steel roof.

The construction details for the proposed main lodge will be disclosed at a later date. The finished cost is estimated to be three to five million dollars for the proposed future lodge. The initial costs of the first phase of Brown’s Hunting Ranch is estimated at $1.8 million dollars. The first phase will be completed by the end of August 2011. The Hunting Ranch is now taking reservations for this coming fall hunting season!

Browns Hunting Ranch is taking reservations now!!! ………. Contact them today for your incredible South Dakota outdoor experience.

Email or call them at 573-864-7023.

The log cabin suites will be similar to the one shown above. Each suite will have it’s own full bath, kitchenette, fireplace and flat screen tv.

The best way to install doors and windows in a log wall and why: All the door and window frames for the log walls come from GLH ready to nail together in the sizes specified on your blueprints. You don’t have to read the plans to get the rough opening dimensions and then cut the frames to fit. Each set of frames is cut to length and individually wrapped and identified by name. You simply nail the pieces together and place at the proper location in the log wall. The two side pieces of the frame are splined to fit the groove notches cut in the end of the logs. This spline holds the window in place while allowing the logs to settle down the buck. A special sealer is also used at the spline which will provide an air and water seal but not interfere with the settlement process. Also included with all GLH kits is the gasket that goes above the frame in the settlement space plus the special profile gasket for each side of the doors and windows. The profile gasket seals off the gaps created by placing a flat exterior trim on the round log exterior.

This drawing illustrates the splined precut door and window buck system included with all Gastineau Log Home packages. Click to see more of our Exclusive Construction Details.

The three basic log home corners. Above and to the right are the three basic log home corner styles available: the butt and pass, the saddlenotch and the dovetail. All three corners are available in the 8 X 8 log size. The butt and pass and the saddlenotch are available in the 8 X 6 log size. Any log corner can be chosen by you for your home and your floor plans or design. All three corners are extremely strong structurally and you can confidently build with any corner. (You can click on any of the three pictures to go to the page on our website with more details.)

  • This is a photo of our Saddlenotch corner system. Our unique design allows for the log rows to line up without the need for a half log starter on some ends of your home. The gives you matching rows on the interior of your home.

  • This is a butt and pass corner. The most economical corner available, it can be identified by the space between the extending rows. This photo shows our standard 8″ wide by 6″ tall “D” log.

Above is our saddle notch corner with our flat, chinked Oak 8 by 8 logs. You do not have to have a chinked log style to use dovetail corners however.

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2011:

July 9, 2011 (Note: this is a change. Previously it was July 16th)
September 10, 2011
October 22, 2011

Answer to the Trivia Question:The Tri-State tornado. It hit Missouri, Illinois and Indiana on March 18, 1925. It traveled 219 miles. It was also the longest time on the ground continuously tornado, 3.5 hours. This was prior to our understanding of tornado families, however, and we now suspect that this was actually a tornado family. If you would like to learn more about tornado facts check out The Tornado Project’s Terrific, Timeless and Sometimes Trivial Truths about Those Terrifying Twirling Twisters!

Quote of the Month: “Realistically, the chance of finding someone is diminishing with each passing day, but we will proceed with the hope of a miracle occurring,” – Miracle prayer quote after the Joplin tornado from Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr