The half timber is warmer than a wood because let's say the log of 20 cm diameter and the groove is about 10 cm. So, the house will be chilled. These grooves on the wall will be 16 pieces. so, there will be a less heat loss.
The half timber of 20 cm is made of logs of 30 cm in height, respectively, it will be more than 10 cm, respectively, in the wall there will be less logs (9 or 10 pieces) and less grooves (thermal). As a result, fewer heat losses.
The groove in the half timber would be more then 10cm. And accordingly it will be not chilled. Next, the correct half timber is done with the sharp edge of the groove, which bites into the underlying timber for 0.5-2 cm. The padding is not visible and doesn’t wet. Further, there are no cracks on the half timber and, most importantly that there is a water that flows through the wall, and the logs that are directed upward, are full of water and timbers begin rotting and freezing. The fact is.
I have nothing against the Russian cutting, it is simple and that is its charm. The Russian notch has its fans. The Norwegian notch has also its fans, they like the look, details, the ends of some form, the dark color of walls and a quality. And there is no sense to argue. It's like blondes and brunettes. Just what is important to me is not important for others and vice versa.
I think that it doesn't care what is the technology of a log house but it is important the material that you use. Isn’t it?
- Here, I completely agree with you! And I believe some considerations about the half timber, too, but:
1. Maybe there will not be some through cracks of the half timber of 20, but of 16 I know 100% there are.
2. The half timber more twists, especially if you build carelessly.
So, the half timber has also a lot of difficulties. More then cracks on the wall are formed the same as exactly from the round timbers, that’s why the water gets there. Also, the top protective layers are removed, respectively, this is a minus, especially from the street. That’s why the Russians didn’t build from the half timber, but only they used the half timber inside the house.