log home firewall

Inspected a manufactured log home, attached garage had log exterior wall between garage and living areas.
Should there be a firewall of 5/8 drywall taped and mudded between these spaces as in framed construction?

The code states: “Not less than 1/2-inch gypsum board or equivalent applied to the garage side.” The key word is “or equivalent”. The term “or equivalent” allows for alternative means consistent with Section R104.11. I think a log would provide more fire protection than 2x4s and drywall. If I was the AHJ (or a home inspector), I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

Another way to look at it. The door of the home from the garage is allowed to be a “solid wood doors not less than 1-3/8 inches (35 mm) in thickness, solid or honeycomb core steel doors not less than 1-3/8 inches (35 mm) thick, or 20-minute fire-rated doors.” Provided the logs are thicker than 1-3/8, it should be fine.

my thoughts also, just wondering how many others have run into this

I have lots of times…:slight_smile: