Log Cabins & Extremely Cold Weather
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Log Cabins and Extremely Cold Weather
It’s been an exceptionally cold Christmas season this year at the log yard, where the temperatures have dipped down to -22 with the windchill factor. It really puts how important the insulation of your home is into perspective! A well designed log cabin is easier to heat and keep heated as the logs act like a cell battery, storing the heat.
Log cabins can be really warm and cozy during extreme cold spells if they’re built well, with full log walls and have a wood or gas fire place.
There are a lot of handcrafted log cabins in extremely cold climates like Northern Canada, Alaska and Russia that keep cozy and warm in -40C temperatures.
Traditional handcrafted log homes and cabins don’t have pre-fabricated insulation in the walls like a standard built home, because the logs ARE the insulation.
With the logs low density and high proportion of air spaces, Western Red Cedar is the best thermal insulator among the commonly available softwood species and is far superior to brick, concrete and steel. Logs offer better thermal performance based upon their mass, meaning the bigger the diameter of the log, the better the insulation.