Chinking a Log Cabin the Easy Way

Chink is the material that you see in between the logs of a log cabin. It is used to keep the weather and bugs from getting into your log cabin. Chink was originally made from mud and straw. Today, if you want to use chinking to fix your log cabin you normally buy it commercially. It is basically a form of caulk with sand.

To chink, you need to load the product from a five gallon bucket into a chinking bag. These bags remind me of the frosting spreader bags that you would see a baker use to decorate a cake, except bigger.

The first thing you need to do is prepare the area to be chinked. As logs are not perfectly straight you may have some larger gaps that need to be filled. Rather than trying to do this with chinking material, I recommend that you use other expanding insulation for big gaps. This will support the chink in the larger gaps.

When I was fourteen years old one of my friend’s dads decided he wanted an authentic log cabin in the woods. He went and bought land in the middle of Wisconsin and we began building this log cabin from scratch by ourselves. After about three years it was time to seal the cabin. This meant we had to chink in between every log.

Here are some tricks that we learned. When you apply the chinking material from the bag you should also have a bucket of water, a squeegee, and rag handy. When you apply the chink you should then run the wetted squeegee along the material to make it smooth and uniformed. If you have any extra chink you should use the wet rag to get rid of the excess chinking material.

Another thing we learned when chinking the log cabin is that it is better to start at the highest points and work your way down. This way, if you have some drips or drop you will see them and be able to repair them as you go.

This is how you chink a log cabin the easy way.

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