How to have a successful Barbecue Party?

Take advantage of the return of the lovely weather and the lengthening days to organise a BBQ Hut party with friends. We give you some tips to have a good time: friendly and especially greedy! Get your Barbecue light!

Our advice for a good BBQ Hut Party:

Get organised

A Barbecue Hut Party must be organised a little in advance. 
Prepare a maximum of things in advance to be able to enjoy the evening and the guests. Arrange the meats in a dish and keep them in the refrigerator, cut the vegetables to be grilled, the spices and the utensils… Set up the barbecue (fire starter, charcoal, grill, …). Prepare the skewers. Store the drinks in a cool place and set the table. Don’t forget to prepare a small aperitif to keep your guests waiting, and if it starts raining…who cares!

Prepare the barbecue 

The fire should be lit at least 45 minutes in advance so that the embers are perfect and there are no toxic flames.
Don’t forget safety: bring a bucket of water or a hose to put out the fire in case of fire.

The 5 mistakes not to make

  1. Too many flames: flames char food and produce toxic substances. The food is black and has a bitter taste. Avoid it! Choose the two-zone fire technique: a hot part with a lot of coals to sear the meat and apart with fewer coals for gentler cooking.
  2. Test the cooking by cutting the meat. The meat loses all its juice and becomes dry. Invest in a good meat thermometer for perfect cooking.
  3. Wet the coals to avoid flames. Water only creates steam which then gives an acrid taste to the food. To calm the flames use a handful of coarse salt (or a little sugar to reactivate the embers).
  4. Do not extinguish the barbecue with water. To extinguish the barbecue quickly, throw sand on the embers. If you are not in a hurry, let the fire go out by itself.
  5. Cooking on a dirty grill. Cleaning is imperative to avoid cooking (and therefore eating) food residues. For this, two techniques: cleaning with hot soapy water and a wire brush; or the combustion process, leaving the empty grill on the fire to remove the residue, then a quick swipe with a wire brush.

Get the right equipment

While the right type of lumpwood charcoal is necessary, it is not enough. You should also bring a few accessories: a large fork and tongs, useful for catching food, and a large knife. Equip yourself like a chef: the essential cook’s apron and a pair of cooking gloves. Remember to keep a clean, empty dish nearby to clear and serve cooked food.


Marinades and sauces

For meats that are more melting and moist, don’t hesitate to marinate them a few hours before cooking. The base is olive oil you can then add lemon, honey, or yogurt. You can try coca-cola, maple syrup, or apple juice. For the fish, be careful not to leave it too long in a lemon marinade because the acidity of the lemon “burns” the flesh of the fish (30 minutes maximum). 
If you want to add sauce (barbecue sauce type for example), add it only during the last 5 minutes of cooking with a brush and let it penetrate the meat over low heat.

Cooking 

The food should be on a clean grill 15/20 cm from the coals.
Sear red meats on very red embers and salt the meat only once on the plate, otherwise, you will dry it out.
White meats, fish, and vegetables are cooked on a lower heat and for a longer time.
Apart from the “classic” sausages, you can offer your guests other things: hamburger, chicken wings, sardines, shrimps, camembert or feta cheese, and for dessert a fruit or marshmallow skewer, banana or pineapple spit.

Time to get your BBQ on!

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Barbecued Pork Chops with Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 lb of crushed tomatoes
  • 0.17 lb of tomato paste
  • 6 tablespoons of cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 pork chops

Method:

1. Peel and chop onions, mince garlic. Fry onions in an oiled frying pan without browning. Add the crushed tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes longer. Add tomato paste and vinegar and stir for 2 minutes.

2. Add wine, honey, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic to the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add seasoning to taste. Turn off heat and let cool.

3. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and brush lightly with barbecue sauce. Cook them on the hot side of the barbecue for 7 to 10 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. Serve immediately with remaining barbecue sauce. Enjoy this delicious meal in your cozy BBQ hut.

Barbecued Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 16 to 24 large raw shrimp
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • ½ bunch of mint
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 fennel
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 dash of olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Method

1. Peel the shrimps, leaving the tails. Peel and chop 4 cloves of garlic, remove the leaves and chop half the mint. Zest the lemon and squeeze out the juice. Mix the whole with a drizzle of oil. Set aside in the fridge for 1 hour.

2. Cut the fennel and the tomatoes into small cubes. Chop remaining mint. Peel and chop onion, mince the remaining garlic. Fry the onion and garlic in oil. Add the fennel and tomatoes. Let cook for 5 minutes. Then add salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add mint.

3. Prepare the BBQ. Drain shrimp and skewer them in twos or threes. BBQ Grill for 3 to 4 minutes, turning and brushing with marinade. Serve with fennel mixture.

6 Tips for a balanced and healthy barbecue BBQ

The warm summer weather is here, and along with it: the BBQs! So in order to open the BBQ Hut season your favourite dietitian gives you some tips to fully enjoy this little pleasure while eating healthy!

BARBECUE: HOW TO ENJOY IT WHILE EATING HEALTHY?

1. CHOOSE LESS FATTY MEATS

“A healthy barbecue requires healthy ingredients”. As far as meat is concerned, the secret to a healthier barbecue is to replace the fatty meats usually used in barbecues with lean meats. This limits the flow of fat on the fire, which limits the formation of toxic compounds.

Another tip regarding meats: watch the amount of red meat consumed during the week. Choose leaner meats whenever possible. Think, for example, of chicken or turkey meat, or fish or seafood.

2. ADD MORE VEGETABLES TO YOUR BARBECUE

Barbecue meals are often rich in meat and possibly starchy foods. However, we often forget about fruits and vegetables, which leads to unbalanced meals. Yet, fruits and vegetables deserve to bring a little lightness and freshness to the barbecue. Another advantage: they are rich in water and therefore particularly appreciated in summer or in times of high heat. Make sure you always have vegetables on your plate, even when barbecuing! 

3. GO FOR SKEWERS

A simple idea to incorporate more vegetables in your grilled food is to opt for skewers! Yes, by adding peppers, onions, mushrooms, or even tomatoes to your skewers, you will be able to concoct a more balanced and healthier barbecue! The other advantage is that you can use your imagination to make your brochettes. No risk of getting bored!

4. WATCH THE COOKING OF THE MEAT!

Avoid charring the food. This advice may seem obvious to you, yet important to specify. Opt for slow cooking and place the food far enough away from the fire. Finally, always remove the blackened parts of food before eating it.

5. OPT FOR MARINADES

Researchers from the University of Kansas have proven that soaking meat in a marinade (oil, vinegar, herbs, spices, etc.) reduces carcinogenic substances in meat by 57% to 88%! It seems that this marinade acts as a “barrier”. And if the marinade is usually quite fatty, you don’t have to worry about your figure since all the fat will melt on the barbecue, leaving only meat impregnated with a taste of herbs and spices!

6. USE HERBS AND SPICES

Herbs and spices not only have the advantage of seasoning our dishes and giving them different tastes and flavours, but they are also rich in antioxidants, which are very effective against the toxic substances generated by barbecued meats.

Here are some great recipes that you can try:

The Top 10 Wellness Reasons to Have a Room in your Garden

Connection to the world around is said to have many benefits, both mentally and physically. Creating your own garden room is a great way to dedicate a space yourself. It helps you to escape and connect to nature too. You can form deeper bonds while you work with family to grow beautiful plants and flowers. Below are 10 top wellness reasons why you should invest in a garden room

1. It’s a form of escapism

It’s no secret that life can be incredibly overwhelming sometimes, especially if you add the anxiety and stress the pandemic has brought to our lives. Having your own garden room grants you a form of escapism to a place where there’s only peace. An area to call your own when things get messy and the only thing that’s expected of you is rest and relaxation. 

2. It gives you responsibility

Whether you’re planting flowers or food, taking care of plants or vegetables means that you have a purpose. You have to show up for your garden and work hard to keep it healthy and living. It also adds a task on your to-do list that you’ll be excited to do. Having a log cabin will allow your to complete these tasks under cover!

3. It inspires healthier eating

If you’re planning your own food, odds are you’re going to want to taste it. As soon as you realize you can plant and grow so many of your favorite fruits and veggies, it’ll be easier going outside to your garden and picking your food from the ground rather than driving to the shops and spending money on the same food. 

4. It helps you build strength & maintain your weight

Gardening is classified as a low to moderate form of exercise. Garden work and gardening triggers most muscle groups and has a positive effect on the body if you’re consistently working in your garden. 

5. It can protect your memory

New evidence shows that activities like gardening can potentially work to treat dementia and work to protect your memory as you get older. Through several studies, scientists suggest that gardening may spur growth in certain areas of your brain’s nerves that work with your memory. 

6. Garden rooms are mood boosters

Stepping away from stress and into a quiet environment like your garden room can instantly boost your mood, take away stress, and relieve anxiety. Being in your garden around fresh vegetation and nature is one of the top suggested activities to do for people experiencing high stress levels and abnormal pressure from their work and home life. 

7. You can count it as a form of meditation

Meditation has been keyed by scientists as one of the best practices you can take up for relieving unnecessary anxiety. It’s all about quieting your mind and focusing on the present moment. If you struggle with sitting still and emptying your mind, building yourself a log cabin in your garden that allows you to focus on what’s at hand without outside distractions is the perfect way to customize meditation for your specific needs. 

8. It lowers blood pressure

It all comes down to stress and anxiety levels. Not that people who garden won’t ever experience heart issues, but with more evidence backing up the claim that spending time around flowers and plants can relax you and lower your blood pressure, it’s a good idea to invest in a space like a garden room.

9. It provides you with extra space and privacy

Everyone deserves a corner with a log cabin all their own. A space where they can decorate as they like and go in and out of whenever they need that break. It can be difficult to find the time to relax and withdraw from daily tasks and errands. But when you do, you usually feel more at ease and a little lighter. Having a private place where stress melts away and you can be with yourself is definitely a form of self-care, which everyone needs at the moment. 

10. It gives you the chance to be creative

If you hire a company to build a garden room for you, you’re free to design it any way you would like. You have freedom in creating the perfect garden room look and vibe and it’s a chance for you to get those creative juices flowing. You can also find unique home décor and create your perfect oasis inside as well as outside. One that inspires you and makes you feel calm and content. You’re free to play with colors, designs, and the style of your garden room. 

Awesome Pro Tips for Incredible Charcoal BBQ Hut Grilling

Grilling is more than cooking; it’s an art form. It’s tons of fun too! Especially when cooking over direct heat. Cooking over burning embers is so primal it connects you with the ‘leader of the pack’ within you.  So below are some awesome pro tips that will make you the BBQ Hut leader that everyone wants to follow.

Cooking meat, chicken, sausages, veggies and even cheese in a charcoal grill is more than a meal; it’s a culinary experience. One you want to share with your friends and family as often as you can. The problem is, the weather is often a problem, especially in the UK where sunny days are everything but business as usual.

BBQ Hut Finman

The good news? You can get yourself a BBQ hut and grill your way through the meanest of storms. That’s taking barbecuing to the next level, and to further enhance your grilling game, here are some pro tips for perfect charcoal BBQ grilling.

1. Get The BBQ Charcoal Red Hot

Use a chimney coal starter to get those coals glowing. Successful barbecuing is all about steady temperatures, and for that, you must start with light-up coal. Get that charcoal red hot before setting up your grill, and you won’t have a problem giving your steaks that fantastic, charred crust. 

BBQ Hut Finman 2

2. Set Up Temperature Zones in the BBQ Hut Grill

Not all foods are meant to be grilled at the same temperature, not even meat. You want to set a hot and a cold zone in your grill — one to sear the meat and the other to let it achieve the correct inner temperature. Veggies prefer to be grilled on the cool side, too, while starchier, hard-to-cook foods like potatoes and yams will need the extra heat of the grill’s more intense side. 

3. Use a Meat Thermometer

We know there’s nothing like eyeballing your steaks, but even the most seasoned pros use a thermometer. Follow this chart for perfectly cooked steaks every time.

Medium Rare 54-57 °C

Medium 57-63 °C

Well 63-68 °C

Well Done 68-74 °C

4. Don’t Over-flip!

Don’t over-flip your meat, or any other food for that matter. Flipping a steak once should be more than enough. Actually, you might want to let that steak stick to the grill; it’s no biggie — it will unstick on its own when it’s ready to be flipped. 

5. Side Dishes Matter

No matter how good your charcoal-grilled meat ends up, it’s just half the story. Toss a green salad, grill some asparagus, make guacamole and serve some artisan bread loaves to complement your grilled extravaganza. A grilling party should be an authentic fest, and that means lots of sides and sauces. 

6. Get Creative with Those Marinades and Rubs

We all love the taste of perfectly charcoal-grilled meat; can you taste it in your mind? That doesn’t mean we can’t get creative. Marinating the meat, even if it’s for a few minutes, can make the difference. 

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, and your favorite herbs and spices to infuse the meat with the most exciting flavors. Dry rubs are fun too, massage the meat with anything from freshly cracked black pepper to exotic Cajun spices to give it a spicy personality. 

Become a BBQ Hut Grill Master

The tips above might help you level up your grilling game, but grilling is also about finding your own path to greatness. It doesn’t matter how you like to grill but get grillin’! And don’t let the rain stop you; make use of your garden and set up a BBQ hut. Don’t let the weather tell you if you can come out and play, that’s what pros do!

The 9 Cardinal Rules of Garden Building Positioning

There’s nothing like a gorgeous garden to add some curb appeal and general ambiance to your home. Adding a garden building can be a beautiful and utilitarian addition to any outdoor space. But it’s not always a straightforward project! There are quite a few different aspects of your garden to consider in terms of compatibility, especially if you’re adding in another structure. Without thinking through the details, you can easily wind up with a garden that causes problems for the building or a building that causes problems for the garden.

To combat these kinds of faux pas, we’ve compiled a list of 9 points to consider as you’re designing a garden with a building involved. Hopefully, the following tips will help you avoid any frustration down the line!

1. Corner Cabins Go Into A Corner.

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people assume a little cabin will look good anywhere in the garden. This is not the case and it’s a pain in the neck to realize after it’s already been moved! Corner cabins are designed to reside in the corner of a garden. They tend to look out of place if they aren’t along the boundary of your space.

Corner Garden Building Log Cabin

A good way to use a corner cabin in the design phase of your project is to look at it as the starting point of your garden. Place it in a corner and start designing out from there! You’ll have your starting point and ideal placement for your corner cabin built into the design from the start.

2. Remember, More Glass Facing The Sun Will Increase The Temperature Of The Inside of the Garden Building.

Many garden buildings feature glass and windows to capitalize on light and provide a greenhouse or conservatory effect. It’s important to consider the placement of that glass though because if it faces an area of your garden where you get the most sunlight, you may find that the inside of the building gets oppressive as the sun continues to shine through the glass. Some sunlight is ideal, but full sunlight every day will mean that any activities done inside will be done in stifling heat. Keep both the purpose of the building and the angle of the windows in mind as you decide how you’re going to place the garden building.

3. Build A Nice Path To The Garden Building.

You don’t want to have to trample your flowers to reach the door of your garden building! Make sure there’s a clear way to get in and out of the front door and maybe even use it as an opportunity to beautify your garden further using stone!

4. Have Patio Outside The Garden Building.

A garden building is a perfect opportunity for a patio! You can enjoy the convenience of the building as shelter from rain or a convenient area to prepare food and drinks (if that’s what you use it for!) while enjoying the garden as a whole. As you build a walkway to your garden building, consider a slight expansion that would create a patio. This will give you that much more of an opportunity to enjoy both your garden and the building you’ve installed there.

Log Cabin Garden Building Patio

5. Guttering Along Roof Edge Needs To Go To A Water Butt.

Rainwater can easily wreak havoc on your garden if it isn’t diverted properly. The last thing you’ll want happening in your garden once you’ve put in the building and designed the layout is realizing that your plants are getting drowned! Make sure that you place a water butt into the design to collect the rainwater from the garden building’s gutters to protect your plants and prevent flooding.

6. Strategic Rock Placement For Rainwater.

If there’s no guttering along the roof of your cabin, you can use stones to catch the drips from the building and reduce the splashback from the ground. This will effectively minimize the water damage to the building and flooding or pooling around the structure.

7. Consider the Tree Coverage And Placement.

Moss grows on the roof if there is a tree overhanging the garden building. You might also find that mold or rot sets in if the building is never effectively dried out from the sun. This can shorten the life of your cabin and cause damage to anything you might have inside it.

In addition, if there’s a large tree near the structure, roots might cause an issue, either by growing into the building or warping the floor as time goes on. If there’s a very large tree in the vicinity of your cabin, you may need to rethink the placement of your garden building or consider removing the tree before you embark on your project.

8. Plant The Right Flower/Plants Near The Garden Building.

The presence of a building is going to change the ecosystem of your garden including the lighting, the shaded areas, and the general layout. You’ll need to consider the adjusted layout and environment for your plants before you choose which ones to place near your structure.

9. Ask Yourself: When Sitting In The Building, What Do You Want To Look Out At?

This is one of the most basic questions you can ask yourself as you design your garden, but simultaneously, this is the question that should guide every decision that you make. When you decide which corner of the garden to place the cabin in, you should consider this. When you decide which flowers to plant, where the patio ought to go, which direction the windows face, and what type of structure works in your space, everything depends on what you want to look out at from the building. After every decision you make, consider whether or not you are achieving this goal. If not, you might need to adjust your design in some way.

The end goal of any garden building and garden design project is to leave you with a beautiful space, an outdoor oasis that allows you to enjoy your garden from every angle. A corner cabin adds a unique element to your garden, as well as the opportunity for additional storage and activities. By keeping these points in mind as you establish your garden design, you’ll be more likely to get the end result you’re looking for and avoid any future problems stemming from a detail that seemed minor at the time.

If you’re looking for more expertise on a garden design involving garden buildings, contact us here! We’d love to help you create the backyard sanctuary of your dreams!

The Benefits of BBQ Cooking

Or…it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a good BBQ, must be in want of NOTHING!

Do you know what time is it? It’s definitely BBQ time…but for us, BBQ season is year-round, not just for summer. Yes, even when it’s a chilly winter day there is a place for barbequing in the dinner or lunch menu. Anyone fancy a Christmas BBQ?

Are you a BBQ fan? You will be soon, read on!

Cooking is never more fun than when using a grill fire. What is your preference? Grilled wings, beef steaks, delicious ribs or smoked chicken, or flame roasted vegetables…. Each with a myriad of seasoning options. There is more inspiration online than you can shack a stick at, before you even get to a BBQ recipe book.

So, you have your food and seasoned it perfectly, what next…now the fun really begins. The communal time gathered round the BBQ. The time we spend chatting and laughing with our friends and family while cooking those steaks or vegan burgers. Just please don’t burn the sausages!

Gas vs Charcoal

The debate has long been going on…gas or a charcoal. Choosing the type of fuel for your BBQ is a tough decision, but a decision that affects the foods quality, taste, and flavour.

Really the decision is speed vs flavour. Does there need to be the instant flames of the gas BBQ or is the heavenly taste of a charcoal flame BBQ worth that extra time to wait for the heat.

Fantastic Mr BBQ

The Benefits of barbecuing…especially with charcoal

  • Cooking Heat

As charcoal grill produces more heat and there is no maximum temperature, that means you can crank it up to as hot as you need, within certain limits, of course. Sear that juice into the steak!

  • Versatile

A charcoal BBQ is versatile and multi-purpose. Charcoal produces both direct infrared and indirect heat. Depending on the grill style and design you are using, you can grill, smoke, and sear your food or however your heart desires.

  • Incredible Flavor

When using direct heat on a charcoal BBQ, the food drippings instantly vaporize into a wonderful smoky flavour.

  • Juicier Meats

Charcoal placed below food cooks it using infrared heat, which results in less moisture loss when compared with other types of heat transfer. Yes, juicy chicken, not dry chicken!

  • Lower fat consumption

Unlike kitchen cooking with pans, BBQ grilling dissolves excess fats from your food, maintaining a healthy cholesterol level.

  • Nutrient-Rich

The flavour of barbecued meat is undoubtedly the main reason we grill our meals in the summertime. But did you know…cooking meat on a BBQ grill can preserve essential vitamins. Yes there are health benefits to BBQ’s!

  • Outside Fun

Barbequing comes with the opportunity of outdoor fun with friends and family making us make the best of the day.

BBQ Huts…the reason and the answer!

BBQ is the best outdoor food activity. Nothing can interrupt your BBQ experience…unless it rains. Which is quite a high probability, in the UK. For protecting your BBQ fun, a BBQ Hut is available for you to keep enjoying your BBQ no matter what the weather. So, what are you waiting for then! Order a BBQ hut, clean that grill, lay some charcoal, and go, get that steak…other food stuffs are available.

Your Log Cabin has just been built. 28 days later…

EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION

Your timber building is made of a natural material which will move and contract. Changes can occur in the height of the individual logs depending on their moisture content, which may vary from season to season. These changes are completely normal and have been allowed for in the cabin design.

Inhibiting the natural movement of the cabin is when problems can occur. If fixtures are to be attached to the cabin walls, then it is essential to bear in mind that the timber building will move and these movements do not want to be prevented. Potential issues are listed below:

  • Splits in the logs—this will normally be caused by logs being held together
  • Gaps appearing where logs have been held—normally by an item being screwed to the logs
  • Moisture entering through gaps and splits

When attaching furniture or equipment to the cabin walls care must be taken to allow for natural movement. If this movement is ignored, and furniture or equipment is incorrectly fitted, gaps may appear in the wall or damage can be caused to the furniture or equipment.

If you wish to fit shelves or furniture to your cabin there is a correct way to accomplish this by fitting expansion slats and fixing the furniture to the expansion slat.

NOTE: In the first month or so after being erected your timber building will settle quite a bit, it is best to leave it for a few weeks before adding brackets and securing fixings. Within the first year the cabin will move the most as the wood needs to settle a little more. Year two will be a little less. Years three and onwards the movement is hugely reduced. Remember the most important thing with a timber building is to properly treat it. Proper treatment will greatly reduce the natural contraction and expansion and reduce it to a minimum.

EXPANSION SLAT FOR TIMBER BUILDINGS

The very simple principle here is that we have one fixed hole at the top and slots in the middle and end (depending on the length). The top hole is screwed tight and using a washer the slot fixings are not tightened fully so allowing the logs to move behind the bracket. (See Figure 1)

Figure 1

SHELF FIXING IN A TIMBER BUILDING

You will see from the diagram (Figure 2) that we are fixing the shelves to the expansion slot and not to the logs. For heavier duty uses you may want a thicker slat and you may want to bolt it fully through the timber building wall.

Figure 2

Log Cabin General Build Instructions

PRE‐BUILD

STORAGE

If you are unable to start building immediately after delivery it is important to stack the material horizontally and cover it to protect it from the weather. Indoors is ideal.

TIMBER

Wood is a natural product and it will vary with climate changes. However, with proper care, you will be able to enjoy your log cabin for many years. During very hot dry weather small cracks may appear in the wood. These will disappear when the weather changes. Small cracks in no way affect the integrity of the cabin!

TOOLS LIST

Essential Items

  • Power Drill
  • TORX bits – Size TX20 & TX25 (sometimes called T20 or T25)
  • Hand Saw – You will likely need to cut the last floorboard & roof board
  • Rubber Mallet – white rubber headed mallet (black rubber mallets will mark the timber)
  • 19mm Clot Nails
  • Hammer
  • Stanley knife standard blade
  • Ladder

Non‐essential Items

  • Air compressed brad gun – Useful and very quick for putting the floor down
  • Jigsaw

This list does not include the standard tools required for any joinery tasks.

BASE

It is very important the base is firm and level. Although the base may appear level, it is vital that attention is taken to ensure that the base is level. If it is not, problems will occur. The walls may come together okay but the roof boards will not line up and it will cause big problems. Most problems can be avoided by checking and rechecking that the base is level. We recommend the cabin be built on a solid concrete base but other forms of base such as wooden decking, or concrete slabs can also be used.

DO NOT START BUILDING YOUR CABIN IF YOUR BASE IS NOT LEVEL
BASE

There are a number of options of base for putting your building on. When building a base for a log cabin, it is best that the base be the exact size of the base frame of the cabin. This allows water to run off the roof and drain away rather than water sitting against the base frame or bouncing up against the walls of the cabin. However, this is not essential as long as there is good drainage.

Below are a number of guides for different types of bases.

UNPACKING & ORGANISATION

When opening up the pack of timber, it is important that care is taken in order not to lose any pieces. Most pieces are for use while others may just be for packing. Remove all the small items first and store somewhere dry. Next, take the doors and windows off. They are heavy.

To save a lot of time later, we suggest you take a little time now to lay out the wood in groups according to size. If you do this it is an easy matter to find the right pieces. Please note: some groups may differ in size by as little as 10mm.

As you unpack, you will notice there are a number of treated (green) timbers in the pack. Set them aside, you will need them first.

When taking the large plastic sheeting off, don’t throw it out as it could be useful for covering parts from the weather should you have to carry your project over to another day.

BUILD

First, the base frame should be screwed together. For the walls, place the first logs on top of the base frame, starting with the half logs. These half logs should be secured to the base frame with a screw at each end. Make sure that the two logs adjacent to these logs fit correctly and square before securing to the base. See (Fig: 1).

The building should be checked if it is square after reaching 3 or 4 wall sections high. To check use a measuring tape and measure the distance from diagonal corners. Knock the logs tightly together using a mallet. See (Fig: 2).

FITTING THE DOOR(S)
After you have laid the third row of logs you should start installing the door. The higher you build the walls it becomes more difficult the put the door in place. Take the door and frame, place it over the logs and slide it down pushing it tightly into place against the log. Next, attach the door handles so you can open the door! Keep building up the wall until you have reached the height of the window. See (Fig: 3).

FITTING THE WINDOW(S)
After you have laid the seventh or eighth long log (check your Build Plan) and two of the shorter logs, you should fit the window. Slide the window into place, making sure it is tightly into place along its length onto the wall beam. Do not fix the door frame to the logs before the cabin is complete. It is enough to fix the bottom rail of the door with one or two screws, to prevent movement during build. See (Fig 4).

FINISHING THE WALLS
Once the door(s) and window(s) are in place, build the walls up to the purlins as indicated in your build plan.
Since the logs of the front and rear apex sections are not connected to the logs of the side walls, you should secure them by screwing this section to the lower logs at one end. Take care not to go too close to the edge which may split the logs.

THE PURLINS
The purlins should be attached as illustrated in your build plan. Check to make sure the joints of the ridge, upper wall logs and purlins form a flat horizontal surface. Use a spirit level to check the sides, front and back walls are vertical. Screw each end of the purlin to the apex.

INSTALLATION OF ROOF BOARDING
Start by assembling the roof boarding. Knock the separate boards lightly together. Fix roof board to each purling with 2 galvanized nails and finally nail the roof board to the wallboard. Fit the roof edge reinforcement pieces along the edge of the roof. When you get to the last boards on the end, you may need to rip down the length to finish flush with the end of the purlins.

FLOORBOARDS
Place the floorboards on the bearers and secure with the nails provided. Knock the separate boards lightly together and fix to each floor bearer with galvanized nails. Do not push the floorboards length ways tight to the walls. There will be a gap to be left that will be covered by a skirting board.