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12×12 The Sumatran Shelter | 44mm Log Cabin (for BBQs, Hot Tubs or Cars)

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 19 Data Points Updated - 2 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: GTIN: 5060767731994.0

Size: 12'x12'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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80
Good Ranked in the Top 5% of Log Cabins.
Position 41 of 910 Log Cabins - Down 34 places from previous update.
Quality of materials
Construction quality
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See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the 12’x12′ Sumatran Shelter | 44mm Log Cabin

The 12’x12′ Sumatran Shelter | 44mm Log Cabin fit with opening onlys.

Base material: european softwood

Our experts say this has 5 stand out features. A stand out feature is something found on over 70% of the top 10% of products in a particular category or is an exceptionally good feature as rated by our panel of experts.

1. When looking at cladding material used on the top 10% of all log cabins, interlocking log is used on 98% of them.

2. The 44mm thick cladding used is as thick as the walls found on 80% of the top 10% of log cabins.

3. The tongue & groove construction used for the roof is the same kind you’ll find used across 100% of the top 10% of log cabins.

4. A 19mm thick roof construction as thick as this is something our expert rate to be one of the best available on log cabins.

5. The mineral felt roof covering found on this log cabin is rated to be one of the best by our experts.

Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this log cabin fairs across the market.

Cladding

Amazing, our experts say most of the cladding options used are among the best.

The interlocking log cladding(walls) used here is the best form of construction for log cabin walls out of the 2 types [1] we’ve identified on same-size log cabins, that you’ll also see getting used on 72% (639 of 893) of all log cabins analysed [2], as well as being used on 98% (87 of 89) of the top 10% of log cabins [3]. You’ll also find the interlocking log cladding showing up on 69% of 12’x12′ log cabins (85 in total) [4], and if we compare this item against those 85 we find it’s Expert Score is 6% higher than the average score for a 12’x12′ interlocking log log cabin.

The walls are 44mm thick and we rate this the best thickness out of the 9 found on same-size log cabins [5]. It is used on 34% of all log cabins [6] and is also used across 80% of the top 10% of log cabins [7] we analysed. 33% of 12’x12′ log cabins (40 in total) use 44mm thick walls [8], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 12’x12′ log cabins (88), the 12’x12′ Sumatran Shelter | 44mm Log Cabin is just above the average with an Expert Score of 92.

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Roofing

Tongue & groove is the cladding used for the roofing, our experts rate this the best form of roof material out of the 2 types we’ve found on same-size log cabins [9]. This roofing material is used on 64% of all log cabins analysed, and 100% of the top 10% of log cabins. 66% of 12’x12′ log cabins (81 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof, with this product having an Expert Score 7% higher than the average in this regard.

A 19mm thick roof boarding was used on this log cabin which is the best thickness used for a roofing material out of 6 thicknesses identified on same-size log cabins [10]. It’s used on 37% of all log cabins and 67% of the top 10% of log cabins. 41% of 12’x12′ log cabins (50 in total) use a 19mm thick roof boarding, with this product having an Expert Score 7% higher than average.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 3 types identified on same-size log cabins [11], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 57% of log cabins and used on 58% of the top 10% of 12’x12′ log cabins. 59% of 12’x12′ log cabins (72 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, with this product having an Expert Score of 8% higher than the average.

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Height

The Height of this log cabin is 2189mm (7′) which sits right on the average height of all 12’x12′ log cabins.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 29 12’x12′ log cabins with comparable specifications. The 12’x12′ Sumatran Shelter | 44mm Log Cabin has an Expert Score that is 4% higher than average and is £68 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring log cabins out of the 29 with comparable specifications the following might be of interest.

Best value – If you are looking for something comparable that costs less, then you could save £1 with this 14’x10′ Blake | 44mm Log Cabin. It is priced at £3,909, this is 30% more than this and has an Expert Score of 95, 2 points higher than the 12’x12′ Sumatran Shelter | 44mm Log Cabin.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 95 vs 92 for this product, the 14’x10′ Blake | 44mm Log Cabin is the best 12’x12′ log cabin with comparable specifications, and is priced at £3,909, that’s £912 more than the 12’x12′ Sumatran Shelter | 44mm Log Cabin.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a log cabin with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 log cabins that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Palmako Irene 4m x 4m Log Cabin Summerhouse
14’x10′ Blake | 44mm Log Cabin
Forest Chiltern 4m x 3m Log Cabin Double Glazed

Coastal Consideration – If you live in a particularly wet or harsher environment such as by the coast then you might want to consider something with a more robust pressure treatment or something made from metal or plastic, both materials that are particularly suited to such harsh environments. We’ve found at least 3 log cabins that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Palmako Irene 4m x 4m Log Cabin Summerhouse
Forest Melbury 4m x 3m Log Cabin Single Glazed
Forest Chiltern 4m x 3m Log Cabin Double Glazed

Public-Facing – Extra security measures might be more of a concern if you’re placing your building in an area that is more public-facing than a garden. Features such as security windows or even having no windows at all, and the ability to lock all opening doors are usually much more important when you have something that is more public-facing. We found at least 3 log cabins that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
14’x10′ Blake | 44mm Log Cabin
Forest Melbury 4m x 3m Log Cabin Single Glazed
Forest Chiltern 4m x 3m Log Cabin Double Glazed

More Child Friendly – If you have children and you are looking for something that has that little extra in terms of durability then tougher glazing options might be a better option. Here we have at least 3 other options that will fill those needs.
Forest Melbury 4m x 3m Log Cabin Single Glazed
Forest Chiltern 4m x 3m Log Cabin Double Glazed
14’x10′ Gamma | 44mm Log Cabin

Product Details

Building Type
Large Log Cabins, Log Cabins
Metric Size (Meters)
12' x 12'
Material
Wooden
Door Type
Opening Only
Cladding Type
Interlocking Log
Cladding Thickness
44mm
Treatment Type
Untreated
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Eaves Height (Imperial)
2189mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
2189mm
Ridge Height (Imperial)
2829mm
Ridge Height (Metric)
2829mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
19mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
19mm
Depth (Imperial)
139.76"
Depth (Metric)
3550mm
Width (Imperial)
139.76"
Width (Metric)
3550mm
Framing Size (Imperial)
2.28" x 1.73"
Framing Size (Metric)
58mm x 44mm
Packaged Weight (Imperial)
1652 lbs
Packaged Weight (Metric)
751 kgs
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Framing Style
Tanalised Bearers Only
Base Size (Imperial)
132.28" x 132.28"
Base Size (Metric)
3360mm x 3360mm
Internal Size (Imperial)
128.82" x 128.82"
Internal Size (Metric)
3272mm x 3272mm
Internal Ridge (Imperial)
2617mm
Internal Ridge (Metric)
2617mm
Internal Eaves (Imperial)
2189mm
Internal Eaves (Metric)
2189mm
External Size Excluding Roof (Imperial)
139.76" x 139.76"
External Size Excluding Roof (Metric)
3550mm x 3550mm
External Size Including Roof (Imperial)
147.64" x 147.64"
External Size Including Roof (Metric)
3750mm x 3750mm

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Expert Score 8585858380
Price £5,620.00£3,299.99£3,499.00£2,999.99£1,864.00
Size 12' x 14'20' x 10'14' x 10'16' x 13'11' x 9'
Brand ShireWaltonsShireWaltonsAdley
Material WoodenWoodenWoodenWoodenWooden
Cladding Thickness 28mm28mm28mm28mm19mm
Guarantee 10 Years10 Years5 Years10 Years10 Years
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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Author

Our resident shed building expert Joel was the 2014 winner of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year having beat over 10,000 applicants to win. He returned to the show the following year as a judge. He is also the author of The Book of Shed and has designed & built over 50 small bespoke garden builds. Joel has appeared on various TV or Radio shows include George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, Alan Titchmarsh Love your Garden, Chris Evans Breakfast Show and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

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Sources

Merchants Checked

12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 1 contained information that we were able to use to compile the data used on this page.

The following merchants were checked on the 06 August, 2022 to see if they stocked this product.

Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 products checked, found no matches.
Wickes – 19576 products checked, found no matches.
B&Q – 78905 products checked, found no matches.
ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found no matches.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
Homebase – 35509 products checked, found no matches.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found no matches.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 products checked, found no matches.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found no matches.


1. Untreated: Any wooden structure that is left untreated will have its lifespan dramatically shortened. This is especially the case with Douglas fir or European softwoods such as Whitewood (spruce) or Redwood (Pine), most garden buildings sold in the UK are made from such wood.

The Wood Protection Association says that “the risk of attack increases significantly if the moisture content of wood, for any reason, rises above 20%” they also talk about how more lower durability cuts of wood (known as sapwood) are getting used to build with than in years gone by. They also say that “sapwood on the other hand is a source of food for many species of fungi and insects and is always vulnerable to attack.” This risk is particularly prevalent with European softwoods.

The BS 8417 code of practice (this advises on the choice of timber species and the use and application of wood preservatives) and BS EN 350:2016 (this advises on methods for determining and classifying the durability of wood and wood-based materials against biological wood-destroying agents) says the natural durability class of such European softwoods is between 3 and 5. With class 3 listed as moderately durable, class 4 listed as slightly durable and class 5 listed as not durable. All three classes have a service life of less than 15 years in a frequently wet environment (such as a UK garden). Yet the application of a preservative treatment or modification of lower durability species is designed according to BS8605 part1 (this is the British standards specifications for external timber cladding) to extend service life to 15/30 years or more.

Having a wooden garden structure supplied as untreated is relatively rare. The vast majority of wooden buildings are supplied with some form of basic treatment, usually a short term water based dip treatment. If you buy an untreated wooden building/structure then we strongly advise that you treat it annually with a solvent-based wood treatment. For full penetration it requires 2-3 coats. It is also recommended that you treat the inside of the structure as well.

If you are wanting something that will require much less maintenance throughout the products life cycle then we would strongly suggest looking at something that is pressure treated also known as tanalised timber.

By correctly treating timber you can take a sub 15 year service life for a not very durable European softwood and extend its service life to 15/30 years or more according to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association

2. Cladding types identified: interlocking boards, interlocking log, tongue & groove, wood 

3. Global cladding data sourced from: All interlocking log log cabins 

4. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 89 interlocking log log cabins 

5. 12’x12′ cladding data sourced from: 123 12’x12′ interlocking log log cabins 

6. Cladding thickness types identified: 16mm, 19mm, 28mm, 34mm, 40mm, 44mm, 45mm 

7. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 44mm log cabins 

8. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 89 44mm log cabins 

9. 12’x12′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 40 12’x12′ 44mm log cabins 

10. Roof material types identified: osb, tongue & groove 

11. Roof thickness types identified: 12mm, 16mm, 18mm, 19mm 

12. Roof covering types identified: epdm synthetic rubber, heavy duty mineral felt, mineral felt, polyester felt 

Product ID: GTIN: 5060767731994.0

Size: 12'x12'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Tiger Sheds
£3,236.99
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Support WhatShed: by making a purchase after clicking a link above, a portion of the sale supports this site.