Check for Gaps
Before the cold of winter comes, one of the most important things that you can do is check for gaps in your logs. Gaps or cracks in your logs will result in cold drafts in the winter. Seal up any small cracks with caulk and for larger gaps use a backer rod beneath your caulk.
Clean Your Logs
Maintain Your Fireplace and Chimney
Whether you have a fireplace or a wood stove (or even an electric heater) double check that it’s well-maintained prior to winter. Clean it and have it serviced (if needed, by a professional) to ensure that it’s ready to operate safely all winter long.
If you have a wood stove, here’s a helpful Guide to Maintaining Your Wood Stove.
Protect Your Pipes
One of the most vulnerable parts of your cabin during winter is the pipes, especially in places like basements, attics or crawl spaces (these get the coldest). Make sure that your pipes are well-insulated and check for areas that may need to be reinforced. Even if you’ve never had issues with your pipes before, check them every year to be sure that there are no new problem areas.
Clean Your Gutters
Megan lives with her husband and son in an 800-square-foot log cabin in Jackson Hole, WY. In search of a simpler pace of life, Megan and her husband took a leap of faith to pursue their own cabin dreams: they quit their jobs, sold what they own, and moved across the country from downtown Austin, TX to their mountainside cabin in Jackson Hole, WY.