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Log Home Terminology

Chinking

Let's start with the definition of chink.  A chink in a log home is a space or a crack that goes in between logs.  

Chinking is the jam filled in between logs when building a log home.  Take a look at the picture below.  You can see the chinking in between the logs.  It is used to keep out wind, pests, cold, water and snow.  Think of it as caulking for large cracks.

 

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So should you simply add the chinking solution to the cracks in your log home?  You could, but the best idea is to use a material called backer rod or filler rope. Backer rod allows air to reach both sides of sealant offering a faster and more uniform cure.  It also makes it so that you need to use less chinking material because the the foam backer rod takes up space.  Here is a diagram that shows how chinking and backer rod work together..

 

Examples of  Chinking Brands

  • Perma-Chink

1127-fullPerma-Chink is a flexible, textured chinking that seals the open gaps between logs to eliminate heat loss and air infiltration. 

1048-fullLog Jam is an elastic chinking by Sashco that withstands log movement and looks like traditional mortar.

1303-fullWeatherall's Triple Stretch Chinking has more texture than other chinking products and comes in 12 colors.