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New small northern cedar cabin. Very rustic with half to 3 inch gaps between logs. Don't want to use mortar but synthetic chinking is too expensive for this lightly used cabin. Is oakum a cheaper alternative (with strips of split wood in larger gaps)? I plan on using linseed oil on the outside. Should I cut it with turpentine? Would straight linseed oil be sufficient for ends of logs? Thanks so much.

Answer:

You could use the oakum and wood strips, but plan on sharing your cabin with bugs and mice. DO NOT use linseed oil unless you want a black cabin. The linseed oil is food for black mold to grow on the logs. Use some sort of latex stain, Sherwin Williams Woodscapes, Perma Chink Life Line...

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