What can I use for chinking?

Up until the early 1980’s many log cabins had mortar chinking installed. Today, the majority of chink used is made of a synthetic mixture….Homemade (mortar) chinking recipes.

Cement and Sand 1 Part Pre-Dyed Cement 1 Part Fine Sand
Clay, Sand, and LIme 1 Part Clay 1 Part Coarse Sand 1 Part Lime

What is the best chinking?

Perma-Chink is the most widely used chinking product in the world today. It’s been around for nearly 40 years and the market has shown it is the best chinking product by every construction measure. It provides ease of application, exceptional performance, appearance, and longevity.

What is chinking made of?

What is chinking made of? Traditionally chinking was a mixture of clay, lime and sand with variations based on what was locally available. Nowdays, it’s usually an acrylic elastic compound that adheres to the logs and can stretch and contract as the logs settle and move seasonally.

Can you use spray foam for chinking?

As for chinking, the spray foam is a good idea if you can afford it. Remember, it expands a lot so experiment to see how little you need after it fully expands. The expansion continues for a few hours but most is in the first hour.

What is the difference between chinking and caulking?

The main difference between chinking and caulking is texture and elasticity. Caulking is more elastic than chinking and has no texture or very light texture; while chinking comes in various colors or textures. Due to higher elasticity caulking is a great option for using it in smaller joints (i.e. ¼” to 2” wide).

What did pioneers use for chinking?

Chinking was often made of mud, clay, sand, mixed with water (or “spit” as some pioneer recipes called for), hog, goat or cow hair, corn cobs or husks, grass, hemp, or oakum (frayed rope), or even livestock manure or buffalo chips. (12) Shake shingles were often used to roof cabins.

Can you insulate a log home?

The heat storage quality of log walls creates a fluctuating R-Value, though it is generally a little lower on average than in traditionally built walls, log homes can provide better insulation in some climates than your conventionally framed home.

Can I paint chinking?

Chink-Paint can save time and money by eliminating the need to mask off the chinking before staining. Simply wait for the stain to dry and then apply a coat of Chink-Paint in whichever color you desire.

Old mixtures were not made of elastic and would pull away from the logs. Chinking today is made of an acrylic elastic compound with special components that allow it to adhere to the logs and flex with the log movement.

What is chinking and how does it work?

Chinking is the material that fits between the imperfect joints of logs to ensure a “seal” from external elements (e.g. rain, snow and sleet) whilst eliminating heat loss and air infiltration. In simple terms, chinking is the flexible sealant used during your log home’s…

What is mortar chinking?

Mortar chinking also called cement chink is a chink made from a mixture of clay, lime, silt, sand, ash, cement, dirt, and other materials. Another term for this type of chink is “Portland cement” and there are many different recipes to make it.

What is log jam chinking?

Log Jam is a synthetic chinking that handles joint movement up to 100% on joints up to 4” while still maintaining its original appearance. Log Jam is also the only chinking to hold a UL one-hour fire rating. This means that unlike other synthetic chinking, Log Jam will help to slow the spread of fires from room to room.