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    Smaller Logs?

    Most log cabins I see use smaller logs. Is it not practical to use maybe 8" logs on a butt and pass house? I realize it will mean more chinking. Are there any other downsides? Thanks.

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    LHBA Member rreidnauer's Avatar
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    Lower R-value/thermal mass. (higher heating/cooling costs)

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    My place has 12" to 28" logs. All last winter the lowest setting on our direct vent stove kept it nice inside. Even below zero outside.

    This summer all of our 100 degree plus heat has never made it hot inside. No AC.

    I have friends with 8" Log walls and they are constantly whining that they are going back to a stick house. Hit all summer and cold all winter.

    Big logs are where it's at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loghousenut View Post
    My place has 12" to 28" logs. All last winter the lowest setting on our direct vent stove kept it nice inside. Even below zero outside.

    This summer all of our 100 degree plus heat has never made it hot inside. No AC.

    I have friends with 8" Log walls and they are constantly whining that they are going back to a stick house. Hit all summer and cold all winter.

    Big logs are where it's at.

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    What he said.

    I have very little temperature variation in my place, even when there are 50-60 degree swings outside.
    My walls are 22 at the smallest place and 34 at the biggest.


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    The thing to remember is your log in a butt and pass log home is like a the insulation in a 2x4 framed house, if you want your house to stay warm in winter and cool in the summer you would need to add more insulation then they say you need. But with these log homes the log is your insulation, that is why for the life of me i don't understand why people cut the sides of the log in the Appalachian style log homes. i feel like im watching someone take insulation down in a stick framed house.
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