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So… the straw bales came quite late in the season and I was planning on mudding “stucco” or “cob” whatever the outisde of the bales. However the temperature dropped too quickly and anything I would have applied to the the bales would have either not stuck, or cured properly.

I decided to purchase house wrap… $70 dollars later and some tuck tape I was in business.
Had some awesome help from friends and we got it all taped up…. Oh before that I used rope and twine to tie all the bales together, so they would not fall down.

Also, I’ve noticed a lot of people concerned about my well being… I’ve been burning wood in my fireplace non stop for 2 months now, and I clean my chimney pipe (in case of creosote build up), I check everything every day. I DO NOT leave my dog in the van, the only time he is there is when I am there with him.
I have a Carbon Monoxide detector (Thanks Diana!)

Last week has been around -25 or colder, I’ve noticed the van is very nice and warm, holds the heat well, except for the floor… as the fire place sucks air, cold air from the outside creeps in along the floor… I fixed that by drilling a 2 inch hole in the side of the van right next to the woodstove, put in a PVC pipe & on/off Valve I was given by Martin (Thanks Martin!).

So, I am still alive and well, I appreciate everyones concerns, comments, outrage and love.

Take care, don’t be shy to send me a message.

Love Cud

Cookin' up some Grayling I caught.
Cookin’ up some Grayling I caught.

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Step 3 Outhouse

Here are some photos of my really quick outhouse,
Its getting cold, and… I am not very fussy about where I poop.
But I dug out  and berried my main poles, then hucked some tin over it!
For the poles I used some of the wood I’ve been getting up the Dempster highway, its old forest fire wood. Spruce I believe, and its light and strong.
Normally I would not expose wood to earth, as it will rot, but its a temporary structure that will need improvements in the future.outhouse7 outhouse6 outhouse4 outhouse3 outhouse2 outhouse1

Step 1 Clearing & Acquiring

So, first things first I guess…
visit the dump every day to collect as many free supplies as possible.

Thought it would be a great idea to have a floor, to keep me/the van & the straw up off of the ground… less moisture…. keep away from the permafrost.

So I collected (with the help of Olin & Devon) 6 6″X8″ Pieces of old sidewalks from Dawson City… Yes, these beasts are made entirely of 2″X6″‘s.
I plan on laying them out so that I end up with a platform that is 6 inches off the ground, and that measures a wopping 24 feet by 12 feet. Also, something strong enough to support my 1 &1/2 ton camper van.

Also, I forgot to mention, first off… I had to clear out the brush.. and find a nice spot!
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