Traditional log cabins are suitable in moderate climates, but in any extreme climates, it is important to think about insulating them for a more comfortable living experience and to increase its lifespan.
Generally, people assume that log cabins with R value would be cool to stay in which is not the case and this is because the cabins are capable of storing heat. Also, the logs can have two separate temperatures on the inside and outside.
Along with these general properties that give basic insulation, it is possible to add some additional insulation, ultimately providing more comfort.
Even in situations where people are not looking for fine insulation, it is mandatory to provide insulation between the logs. The chinking process can be applied to any type of logs used for construction. In this process, a thin layer of insulation is put gently between each of the logs and is repeated at the top and bottom of the logs.
It is beneficial to use this type of insulation as any gaps between the logs making up your log home will be filled.
After the insulation is complete, the caulking or the chinking is applied on both the sides of the insulation.
To make the insulation perfect, there are some things to consider in the application:
Size of the logs
Modern log houses are constructed with 8 inch diameter logs. For the two or three-sided logs, often there is a thickness of 6 inches maintained which, when placed as part of the wall, would end up providings roughly 3-4 inches contact surface with the logs. This is where it is important to fill in any gaps.