Buildings and Renovations, Food, Heat and Cooling, Plumbing, Solar Power Projects

The Long List of Cabin To-Dos

8 Oct , 2014  

This video covers the typical “To Do List” for someone who owns or maintains a cabin/cottage off grid. You can make plans, but when you finally set foot on the property, you soon discover there’s a lot more that needs to be done. The hardest thing is to stay focused and finish the job you […]

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End Cuts, Heat and Cooling, Power Tools, Relaxing

The Manly Man Weekend

16 Jun , 2014  

The long weekends have always been the cottage or cabin season opener. That’s when the ice has finally melted and moved off the lake. Most of the snow is gone and the recreational home is prepared for the summer. Lucky for me, a bunch of pals offered to give a hand and make this transition […]

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Appliances, Food, Heat and Cooling

A Few Tips on How to Use Spray Paint

30 May , 2014  

This video will show step-by-step how to prep the surface painting and a few tips for a professional finish. For this project, materials required were two aerosol cans of Rust-Oleum Appliance Enamel, a Rust-Oleum Spray Grip, paint suit and mask. It only took a few days, but, the finish was worth it. The project was […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Heat and Cooling, Power Tools

Splitting Hardwood Logs with a Ryobi 4 Ton Electric Log Splitter

17 Mar , 2014  

Just before winter, my neighbour took pity on me and gave a heck of a deal on an used┬áRyobi 4-Ton Electric Log Splitter $100 Bucks! Awesome! The plan was to use the log splitter at the cabin but, the extreme cold made it difficult. So, I decided to take the log splitter home to the […]

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Heat and Cooling

The Joys of Moving Firewood Logs when it’s Super Cold Outside!

17 Feb , 2014  

The project for the weekend was to build an outside fire to warm some pieces of wood splitting equipment. The equipment runs off of hydraulics and the fluid needed to be thawed out. The logs could be split by hand, but they are over 24″ in diameter and the wood splitter would make the task […]

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Heat and Cooling, Transportation

The Quest to Stay Warm- Hauling Firewood with a Snowmobile

30 Jan , 2014  

When living off the grid, the main source of heat is a wood stove. Having an ample supply of firewood is a must. Whenever I’m out on my travels, I keep a look out for a trees that would make ideal firewood. The other day, we passed a grove of pine trees that were damaged […]

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Heat and Cooling

Flower Pot Heater was a BUST!

23 Jan , 2014  

The inglorious outhouse needed a heater. There was complaints from “management” that it was torture to run outside on cold nights. So, I hit the internet and did some research. Watch a video about a gentleman that heated his room with a flower-pot heater. Sounded like a good idea and thought I would give it […]

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Heat and Cooling, Other

Update to the Wood Stove Reco Fan (Build #2)- Works Like a Dream!

9 Jan , 2014  

A short video of the wood stove fan made from recycled parts (Reco Fan). Over the holidays, we had it working for 10 days straight on the wood stove. Worked awesome and even managed to push some warm air. The aluminum heat sink on the bottom did a good job absorbing the wood stove heat […]

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Heat and Cooling

Wood Stove Reco Fan (Build #2)

10 Dec , 2013  

Build #2 The second build was a success. It was based on the┬áInstructables guide by the author “tinkerme“. After reading the guide, I had a hankering to try again. **Parts List** – Hot side: a passive aluminum heat sink from a Power Mac G4 466 It’s roughly 3″ wide by 6″ long, lots of fins. […]

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Heat and Cooling, Power Tools

Dead Tree Cutting Project

17 Sep , 2013  

My father took the lead on the chainsaw and helped cut down a bunch of dead trees near the cabin. My father grew up on a farm on the East Coast and has tons more experience cutting trees safely. With my previous problems with these type of trees, I have no problems letting someone more […]

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Appliances, Buildings and Renovations, Food, Heat and Cooling

Make a Propane Refrigerator Run Cooler in the Summer

8 Jul , 2013  

The RV style of propane refrigerator (Dometic-3 way) was not getting cold on the inside. Turned up the thermostat from setting 2 to 4 make it colder, but there was no effect. It was a major concern, since there was a heat wave coming and the frozen vegetables, beverages and steaks would go bad. Also, […]

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Appliances, Food, Heat and Cooling

Installation of a RV Refrigerator into a Cabin

30 May , 2013  

With the summer fast approaching, the quest for cold beers and the ability to store food for longer periods would definitely keep the family happy and increase the moral. Therefore, the propane RV refrigerator project shot up to the top of the list. Prior to the propane fridge, we had a 12 volt Mobicool thermoelectric […]

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Heat and Cooling, Other, Woodworking

The Plan to Build a Wood Fired Cedar Hot Tub

30 Jan , 2013  

For the past year, I been researching on how to build a wooden hot tub. If you haven’t seen one, it’s a six-foot round barrel about 4 feet high. Normally made from vertical laid Western Red Cedar planks that are fitted together. A heavy-duty banding is wrapped around the outside to keep the vertical planks […]

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