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    I'm still not clear on the size. You say massive and you guess all the way around and you can barely reach around and 36" all those things don't go together. If yo are a seamstress I'm sure you have an eye for approximate measurements. In your head, look at the end of the log and tell us if it is about the width of a yard of fabric.

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    Better still, pics please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yorkies307 View Post
    I get it now! I'm a seamstress so we go by length and width. Its all the way around the logs. They are massive. I couldn't put my arms around most of them. The house is in Minnesota so the furnace will be on for 6 months of the year for sure. The owner never lived in the house during the winter months so there is no track record of cost to heat it. Our current house which is 2600 sq ft traditional house cost $75 a month to heat in the winter. I'm expecting more but wouldn't want to it to go in the $500 a month range to heat the house.
    I think I get it. my wife is a seamstress as well. She supervised the pick and placement of each log in our home. I had a neat spreadsheet with the diameters of the logs listed, but when she pointed to the first log she wanted to stack, she said, "It's 60 inches". I was like, "Wha??? I don't have any that big - 5' across - are you sure?" I went and took a look. We had a little argument, and she won when she pulled out her seamstress tape and measured the log for me, and we used her seamstress tape to measure the circumference of all our logs. Listening to her expert picks turned out great.

    Anyway, I'll try to settle this:

    a log with a circumference of 36" would actually *not* be difficult for most women to get their arms around:


    in LHBA terms, that's just an average - and probably on the smaller side of logs. Mine have a lot of taper (skinny at the top and fat at the bottom), so they vary from 28" diameter (88" circumference) to 12" diameter (37" circumference) . They average 17" diameter (53" circumference):

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    also, figure an r-value of about 1.5 "r's" per inch. But r-values won't give you an idea on how much you'll pay in utilities - but it will almost always be cheaper in a log home, especially one where the logs are larger than 8" across (25" around) - which is considered "big" for most kit builders - your 36" logs will do just fine, I'd say.
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    Ok I'll go along with all your numbers and that pi stuff. I'm about 5' 5 1/2" tall. When I do a rough measurement of fabric I stretch it between my fingers and my nose. If I turn my nose away from the fingers it is right at 36" for 1 yard. Fingers to fingers is about 55-56". Just thought she might have a picture in her head of a yard and not likely to have a picture of all those numbers even though they are much more accurate. 36" circumference seems like it would be hard to call huge or monstrous but 24-36" diameter should seem huge by any standard except Bo's or LHN's.

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    yeah, we'll need to see pics. use an image host like

    https://postimages.org/

    upload the pics, then copy the url:




    then wrap it in IMG brackets:

    [img]picture_url.png[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Might want to ensure both of you are on the same page....

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    I see I left out the word "not". I will edit to clarify...
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    Quote Originally Posted by yorkies307 View Post
    Isn't that the same thing? I guess diameter is the correct answer.
    No, radius, diamter and circumference are all different.

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