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Have you ever visited an old log cabin? Did you notice that the logs did not always match up? Did you see the substance placed between the logs? Chinking is what you see when you look at the joints between the logs of an old log cabin.
Chinking is the old fashioned way of sealing off the areas where the logs did not meet as they were laid one on top of another.
Many years ago, people used what supplies they had on hand and still sealed the holes in manners that would last for many years.
Chinking has other uses such as sealing holes around doors and windows in any frame house.
Make Your Own Old Fashioned Chinking
Chinking can be purchased but can be quite expensive. Yet, you can make it yourself, in the privacy of your own home using basic tools and supplies you already have on hand.
Making it yourself is a great way of making your home more energy efficient by retaining heat in the winter and keeping out the cold air without having to run to the store and buy caulk.
It is friendly to the environment, durable, water, and pest resistant. It uses whatever you have available at your homestead.
You can make as much or as little as you need when you need it.
Making old true old fashioned chinking is almost a lost art. Many old-timers remember just what it was like to mix and use. It is something you can make and do successfully.
What supplies do you need? What tools do you need? How do you make your own chinking?
If you have dirt, wood ash, water, or other easy to access ingredients, you can make your own old fashioned chinking for next to nothing and use it to help keep you warmer this winter.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.