A Modern Homesteader

Prepping for the next site visit

Cabin during the day

Cabin during the dayIt is really hard being on one side of the mountains when your entire future is on the other side of the mountains…but that is what we’re doing at the moment. However, we have a trip planned in the next week or so to go out and get some work done. One of the most important things we need to get taken care of is getting the propane heater and propane stove looked at by a professional before we start using it. We don’t need any stinking accidents!

So, we’re setting up our appointment with the heater professional but also preparing just in case it isn’t able to be repaired in a short period of time. So, today entailed a trip to the hardware store and Costco before I head to work in a bit. We picked up one of those parabolic heaters Costco sells, which is electric and I imagine will suck electricity like nobody’s business but might help take some of the chill off immediately… and which we can return easily enough if it doesn’t work well enough for our purposes. We also picked up a 23,000BTU indoor kerosene heater to serve as a non-electric heat provider.

Kerosene is expensive though and this is not how we want to heat our cabin(s). Neither of us really want to use any petro products to produce heat, since fossil fuels are non-renewable and not something we can produce on site…which means they are not sustainable. Depending on how well the heaters perform we may need to divide the cabin into slightly smaller spaces. To that end we picked up a roll of Reflectix Insulation to use on windows and possibly to divide the loft off from the lower level.

I’m hoping to sleep in the loft if the heaters provide enough output that I can do so without being afraid I’ll freeze to death. However, worst case scenario we use the insulation to divide the space and keep the heat in the lower level and I’ll crash in the the main room of the cabin. Ha! I write that like there is a lot of room…but there really isn’t. I took the shot below standing in the doorway of the cabin. The door at the right of the frame leads to a “bedroom” of sorts, with not much more space, but room for a couple of air mattresses (twin size!). The ladder goes to the loft.

Using my phone's handy panorama feature I took this shot on our first visit as owners of the cabin.

Using my phone’s handy panorama feature I took this shot on our first visit as owners of the cabin.

We also picked up a new extension cord of the 10 gauge 100 foot variety to use as the drop cord from the shed (where the power is hooked up) to the cabin. This is going to replace the not so safe, 2- 50 foot cords the previous owner was using. I noticed when we prepared to leave that the plug-in point at the cabin was warm and that suggested to me that the cords were just not doing the job safely (not that any of this wiring is particularly ‘safe’).  We’ll make do until we have reliable, easy heat and then I’ll invite my electrician friend out for a trip and see what recommendations and ideas he has to make it work on a more permanent basis… and how we’re going to run power permanently to the cabins we’ll build this summer!

The plan for this trip is:

  • Get the propane heater and propane stove working.
  • Stomp around in the snow and see where each of us is thinking the main buildings will go.
  • Take pictures.
  • Soak up the fresh air.
  • Go sledding (assuming the snow isn’t crusty, rip your face open stuff)
  • Eat wholesome, simple food
  • Rest, warmly!
  • Enjoy the view
  • Decide where we’d ideally put the coop, kitchen garden, main garden, etc.
  • Buy a chainsaw… cut down my first tree!

Panorama from December

1 Comment

  1. Carlina

    Read and loved your blog! Thanx for writing to inspire me. I’m in the early stages of change, but pumped up to move forward.


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