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Yesterday 10:04 PM
Fizbin Love reading the progress and stories. Very cool finding the old homestead. Don't forget to get a metal detector.
10-15-2019 09:59 PM
John_Auberry
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Originally Posted by lasers View Post
Is there a reason to put the fire off to the side like that and run it through expensive copper pipe? I've simply put a tub on blocks, fastened a slat wood false bottom to it then lit a fire underneath. The slat bottom allowed water to circulate and kept skin off the hot metal. If the entire circumference of the tub was walled in by brick you could run a chimney pipe up to direct the smoke away.

We would fire it to around 105(used a candy thermometer) then would shovel out any flaming bits of wood and leave the glowing coal to keep the water warm. As it cooled we would throw in twigs a couple at a time to keep the temp comfortable. If it got to hot we would put snow in it.
The tub will be in a bath house with the fire out side. Iím thinking a burn barrel with the coil wrapped around it. Since given birth the wife has gotten a little chunky and wants walls around the bathing area even though we are a 200 yards off the road.
10-15-2019 03:44 PM
lasers
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Originally Posted by John_Auberry View Post
To give you a idea of the hottub
Is there a reason to put the fire off to the side like that and run it through expensive copper pipe? I've simply put a tub on blocks, fastened a slat wood false bottom to it then lit a fire underneath. The slat bottom allowed water to circulate and kept skin off the hot metal. If the entire circumference of the tub was walled in by brick you could run a chimney pipe up to direct the smoke away.

We would fire it to around 105(used a candy thermometer) then would shovel out any flaming bits of wood and leave the glowing coal to keep the water warm. As it cooled we would throw in twigs a couple at a time to keep the temp comfortable. If it got to hot we would put snow in it.
10-14-2019 01:30 PM
John_Auberry To give you a idea of the hottub
10-14-2019 01:26 PM
John_Auberry I dreamed about building a aqueduct to fill a wood fired hottub last night so at day break I was at Lowe’s. The bath house will consist of a metal tub heated buy wood, and a flushing toilet that will run into a 55g septic tank.
This damn is temporary as the first rain will wash it out.


10-12-2019 11:14 PM
John_Auberry
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Originally Posted by PSYOP Soldier View Post
^^that's a nice rig....
Thanks, I miss it already. But like most my vehicles there comes a time when a new project takes the stage. I got great ideas for a flat fender willis build. Plus right now that money is better spent on a paying the land off and getting a cabin up. The wife sees this farm as more of a hobby and has zero interests in living off grid full time. She enjoys going up for the day and she will work like a mule but she definitely looks forward to the hot shower when we get home. I had been going up and ground sleeping but after a spider bite I really see the need for a cabin even more. With a cabin she will come stay the night with me and we can get more done.
10-12-2019 11:00 PM
John_Auberry I walked down to the neighbors farm to see about buying some of its land and ended up talking to the neighbors for an hour. He told me about the original home sight from the 1700s on my property. I cut a trail to the previous unexplored part of my land and sure enough there is a foundations. I am told this was the original home in this valley. A few recognizable logs but pretty much gone. Looks to have been knocked log structure about 18 by 22 as paced out. Hard to imagine a family with probably 5 kids living in it.
10-12-2019 10:51 PM
John_Auberry I think this is the official cabin sight. The back porch will back right to the cliff face. With steel targets down the gully and up the other side.
10-12-2019 10:48 PM
John_Auberry It hasn’t rained in over three months but it’s still flowing and the pond is still full. [IMG][/IMG]
10-12-2019 10:47 PM
John_Auberry
10-12-2019 10:45 PM
John_Auberry I took a load of lumber up to the land today and decided to mess around. Cut a trail up to the spring house. I started digging 50 years of leaves out of the cistern( the lid has been off) and the clear water turned awful smelling. I dug about 2-3ft of rotting vegetation out but my clam digging rake was not long enough to get to the bottom. I need something with a longer handle. But at least the trail is cut and all the brush is clear around it.
10-12-2019 07:57 AM
PSYOP Soldier ^^that's a nice rig....
10-11-2019 09:31 PM
John_Auberry Made some hard decisions but I needed to free up some cash to pay the land off. The rover is for sale. I have been debt free for so long that this mortgage on the farm is killing me. Between the LandRover sale and some stock trading I should own the land free and clear in 6-12 months. Plus the jeep while not as reliable it is much easier to find parts for. I sold the Rover to a local dealership and the clearcoates it and cleaned it up. https://charlotte.craigslist.org/ctd...995771817.html
10-07-2019 08:59 AM
PSYOP Soldier
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Originally Posted by John_Auberry View Post
I was looking up there but it was little farther then. I wanted. This property is not to far west at the base of south mountain state park.
That's nice area up there, i camp and fish there, lots of fishy water up in AO...

If you like wine and micro brews, several nice wineries up in that region too..

To say i am jealous is an understatement...

Now, you are surrounded by 2m/gmrs repeaters too, so getting your comm up and running is easy...

Let me know if i can assist with that...

RF
10-07-2019 07:42 AM
drobs I'd look into getting a load or 3 of gravel for your new road. Looks like it will be real muddy after a good rain.

I just had 2 loads dumped on my road. Paid $175 per load. The truck spread it out for me.
10-06-2019 06:49 PM
John_Auberry
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Originally Posted by Fizbin View Post
That's good it's hard to see. Does it have a mailbox? If so, in the event of an Event, you can get rid of the mail box and put brush and downed trees across the road.

I think you said there are no power poles yet.
No there is not a mail box, no power has ever been on the property.
10-06-2019 07:59 AM
Fizbin That's good it's hard to see. Does it have a mailbox? If so, in the event of an Event, you can get rid of the mail box and put brush and downed trees across the road.

I think you said there are no power poles yet.
10-03-2019 09:04 PM
John_Auberry
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Originally Posted by Fizbin View Post
I can dig this, as long as you never post the road entrance. Internal photos with no land marks is cool.
Actually I dang near drive past it every time I go. Itís a real narrow opening in the trees but it comes off at a angle and 45degrees so itís hard to see.
10-03-2019 08:45 PM
Fizbin I can dig this, as long as you never post the road entrance. Internal photos with no land marks is cool.
09-27-2019 12:53 AM
Alaskajohn Youíve been blessed with some nice property! Thanks for posting about it. Iím too OPSEC paranoid to post any pictures of my property and projects. But I love looking at everyone else who does these posts.
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