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The hay rack rises

The fall build has begun

Well I’ve finally started the next build for my off grid camp. My winter bedroom build (aka “the hay rack”) is a tiny house 10×14′ green home.

The frame work has begun. Posts level, frame square. Check.
The frame work has begun. Posts level, frame square. Check.

I started with a plan. Cough cough. I’ll talk more about “the plan” another time.

The posts

To start I sunk these helical metal posts using the post hole auger on my tractor. That went well. Maniacal laughter. I did get pretty good at driving them. 3 shear pins and few hours of practice later.

More detail and pics after the break

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Most excellent guide to grasslands

Last weekend I attended a “nature lecture” and the speaker made an interesting point: That it is more important to save and maintain the habitat then the users of that habitat. Because as long as the habitat remains the creatures that use it can return.

So when I found this Guide to Grasslands and had a look, I knew it belonged in my off grid treats section. Bernie, at earthtramper.ca was kind enough to allow me to post a link

http://earthtramper.ca/publications.php

This is an excellent book that gives a brilliant introduction to grasslands management. And while it says it's for southern Ontario the ideas and practices could be adapted for a wide variety of locations.
This excellent book offers a brilliant introduction to grasslands management. And while it says it’s for southern Ontario the ideas and practices could be adapted for a wide variety of locations.

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The shizzer shack:
Step One

The needs behind the house of need to

Perhaps the biggest headache of living off grid for any time is the, er, waste management situation.

When quizzed I think most folks would say its gotta be

  • safe
  • clean
  • easy to access
  • not stinky
  • have wash up water
  • involve sitting
  • be warm in the winter time

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Step One

Building the shizzer shack

Creektreat’s washroom, aka the “shizzer shack”

This is where you’ll find the posts relevant to the outhouse build. This is a great building for anyone thinking of a tiny house. It’s pretty easy to build, it’s very easy to insulate. I could easily have built it with 10 or even 12 foot ceiling if you wanted to do a loft. I just wanted a washroom.

Here’s what I did

We call the outhouse the “shizzershack.” I probably got a little carried away with it. I found this great site (recommended: APB barns). After reading the great info there I got excited and decided to build a tiny house washroom.

The posts here will detail parts of the build. If you’d like a book or instructions on how to build your own version of the shizzer shack post a comment and I’ll write one. I think I’ll charge around three bucks, so let me know if there’s any interest. Thx Creeky.

The next post for this build is “Step One the Shizzer Shack Rises.”

My off grid solar experiment

 Creeky’s solar system:
Or how I live the life of Riley off grid
Check out the coming Solar posts for more information about how I built my solar system.
Background:

When I started building my solar system in 2010 there were very few resources available in my part of the world. So I took the “build it and hope” approach.

  • First I built a solar shed with a rack that allows the solar panels to be easily adjusted for spring/fall, summer, winter, and big wind storm in the forecast. You can read more about the shed in the shed post.
The first cladding of the solar shed is complete. Let the rains come.
The first cladding of the solar shed is complete. Let the rains come.
  • Then I got some good batteries configured for 12 volts
12vbatterypack
These are Crown 395s. I have 6. 3 sets of two, in serial, in parallel strings. Works for me. And gives me about 1200 amp hours at 12 volts or 15kw of power. Which, with lead acid battery packs means about 3kw of reserve power.
  • I installed 1kw of solar panel power. Panels were in the 4 to 6 dollar a watt range. I was very fortunate to find high quality mono crystalline panels for $2/watt from a solar provider clearing inventory of demo panels.
    • As I’ve grown my needs I’ve upgraded to two mppt controllers so that I can have 2 kw of panels to charge those batteries. Currently (ha ha) I have 1.5 worth of panels
The solar shed
This is me spring of 2012. 1kw of panels working away.

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