Monday, September 18, 2017

Tiny House Update: Rising last of walls, finishing stove and solar mods.



     Rising the walls, framing the windows and finishing off the wood stove! In this video Jon and Charles head down to the cabin for a weekend getaway. With a much needed break from St. Louis city life they needed an escape from the craziness going on. Although, the break from the city was needed most of this trip was spend completing long overdue work on the cabin. They got the last 4 panels of the walls up and the windows framed out. They shimmed the Dickinson Newport Solid fuel stove off the wall and added some flashing behind it. They also moved the battery bank out of the cabin and put it under the tiny house. While working on the solar system they discovered the Harbor Freight system had failed and fried. They decided to just un hook the system and solely run their Renogy system. This was a prime example of why it’s a good idea to have your solar system split into two systems because if something break, which it will, you are not reliant on the generator for the entire weekend.

Tiny House Update: Rising last of walls, finishing stove and solar mods.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Catch N' Cook; Cooking white bass on the rivers edge



     We went down to the black river this weekend and the fishing was great. Charles and I caught two walleye and four bass combined. The white bass was caught off camera unfortunately.  I was getting hungry so I decided to film a catch n' cook video. I used a fire steel and soaked cotton to start a bush craft style fire next to the river. I used two flat rocks next to the fire to act as heating plates. I put a fillet of fish on each rock and cooked them to perfection. It just goes to show how easy it can be to survive and feed your self out doors.
     I believe it is very important to actively practice your prepper and bush craft skills. Until you go out and actually do it your self; experience the pain and frustration of messing up and working through trial and error, you will never be successful.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Top 5 Tiny House Mistakes

Top 5 Tiny House Mistakes

Welcome to another episode from Our Tiny Cabin Project. There comes a time in any project where you reflect on all of the hard work that you’ve done to get where you are. During that process of reflection you realize the things that have gone wrong or could have been done completely different. Charles and I have reached that point and have decided to share our Top 5 Tiny House Mistakes.

1) Not capping the tin roof! When a tin roof is installed on a building, the design creates grooves or tunnel like ridges that create space between the tin roof and the wood under it. We learned real quick that it was a major problem with wasps! The wasps would crawl up the ridges and find the smallest cracks to enter into the cabin. We had several occasions where we went inside only to be greeted by 40+ wasps on the ceiling. To solve this issue, we used spray foam to fill in every ridge and crack. This was extremely time consuming and made a big mess to clean up. If you get a tin roof, opt for the end caps!

2) Not insulating the floors. In the name of saving money, we also opted not to insulate the floors. With our cabin lifted on blocks wind is able to easily pass through under the cabin and create a freezing cold draft, which makes it harder to keep the cabin heated in the winter months. Our solution for this will be to insulate skirting to install around the cabin and block the air flow. This may be no surprise but it would have been cheaper to insulate the floors!





3) Kitchen placement… In our design of the interior, we placed the kitchen and cooking area against the back wall of the cabin. While this may look good, we soon realized that ventilation is a problem as we use unconventional butane and propane powered devices that require ventilation, especially in small areas. We should have built the kitchen near a window, pretty much on the opposite side of our cabin. To fix this problem, well have to install a vent that pushes the air to the outside.

4) The loft! We have a barn style roof which is super cute, but not head space friendly at all! Our mistake was not installing dormers to open up the space and make more head room. The solution? Well that ones a surprise and you'll have to subscribe to our you tube channel and stay tuned to find out!

5) Our choice of solar. When we first started this project, we were not very educated on solar power and thought that the harbor freight 45 watt set up was a great deal. What we found out is that its really only strong enough to push the lights and 1 or 2 small low power devices. Latter on in the project, we purchased the Rynogy 100 watt panels and that have worked great to boost our solar. We will end up purchasing another and bumping up our battery bank with stronger batteries.
Well there you have it! Hopefully you enjoyed this post and it helps you in preventing some of these newbie mistakes.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Dickinson wood stove install in a tiny house part 4: Our first burn!

Dickinson Newport solid fuel heater part 4. In this video Jon and Charles do the final part of the install on their Dickinson stove to make their tiny house one step closer to completely off the grid. Having the ability to utilize the natural resources to heat their tiny home will make the cabin that much more self sufficient in a grid down situation. No longer will they need to rely on propane for heat. Coupled with solar power, wood heat and a soon to be rain water collection system, the cabin is slowly becoming completely self sustainable. After the install was complete, they did a test burn and the chimney was drafting properly and no smoke was present at the cap, which is an indication the stove is burning clean. Eventually, they may add a 1 inch shim behind the stove to knock out what little bit of slant is left in the stack but for now the fire box is working and is pretty amazing for such a small fireplace.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Metal detecting historical site: Antique brass buckle, coins and more!



     In this episode, I went to metal detect a previous historical site that hadn't been hit in years. I didn't find as much as I was hoping for but I did get some good digs. I found an antique brass buckle, some coins and even a modern fired bullet.
     I used the Garrett Ace 200 metal detector in this video with a basic pin pointer and a handheld shovel to be discreet.
     Have fun and enjoy my treasure hunting journey!

 

Fishing at the worst time of day... in the summer.



     In this video, per subscriber request, Charles sets out to make a fishing video. Unfortunately, the conditions were not the best. It was the end of summer, middle of the afternoon and on a high pressured lake. Despite this, Charles manages to catch a couple fish and take some time to show ya how he ties an improved clench knot. He also talks a little bit about the types of cover he looks for when fishing a small pond that has a lot of pressure.  As temperatures start to cool off, and we get closer to trout and walleye season, you can expect more livelier fishing videos to come.... Considering  Charles had the luck he did today, if e would have gotten on the water at 6 am or waited till after 6pm.... it probably would have been a slamming day of fishing.... Remember, in the summer and fall the fish are gonna be pushed up in the shallows, near lilies, tall grass, holding on ledges, logs and rocks. They are looking for cover from the sun and the hotter it is, the more likely they will be stacked in or near vegetation. The reason for this is because the vegetation provides more oxygen in the water and the fish has to use less energy to breath....