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Old 08-18-2013, 10:36 AM   #1321
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yes i think you will have a great experience. You are resourceful and realistic. Snow, minus 30 temperatures with -60 windchills and the northern lights are something everyone should experience.Embrace it.

I also go along with the RevyRider, get your firewood up early and look for a porta potty for the bitter nights. Get the firewood covered and close to the house. Find a local Y or similar place that you can go have a shower at. Some hotels with pool and sauna facilities make them available publicly for a small fee. Make friends with a desk clerk or offer light work in trade for facility use.
Luckily it's not windy here too often, what I"ve heard so far is that it is mostly wind-still, one of the perks of being up here.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:39 AM   #1322
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An interesting dilemma,when hot running water is a luxury in an environment that is freezing cold. The health aspects of smoking make the house untenable for you. Say hi to sponge baths in the tundra.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:39 AM   #1323
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I reckon the importance of these two little things will rise dramatically as winter goes on.
Yes, probably, but then again where is the adventure in living comfortably in a normal house? I wanted the real Alaskan experience, and if I regret it I just have myself to scold! Nevertheless, an experience it will have been!
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:52 AM   #1324
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Luckily it's not windy here too often, what I"ve heard so far is that it is mostly wind-still, one of the perks of being up here.
Once cold it takes minimal wind to increase the chilling effect.

Remember though wind chill is not an actual temperature, it is the effect of the wind, on heat loss of warm objects.

Example: -30 with a 20 mile per hr wind is a effect on your skin of -60 with no wind, but step behind a shelter and it is still only -30. Where it becomes really important is heat loss from a warm object like a house or cabin. You will use a lot more wood on a windy day than a calm day.

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Old 08-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #1325
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From experience..
Tobacco smoke will be in the furniture...almost impossible to remove.

Sun showers...available from sailing and camping suppliers. Fill with warm water stand in a big pail...great in a lurch.

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Old 08-18-2013, 10:15 PM   #1326
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From experience..
Tobacco smoke will be in the furniture...almost impossible to remove.

Sun showers...available from sailing and camping suppliers. Fill with warm water stand in a big pail...great in a lurch.

Follow your heart.
Have one already, used it during my year on the road to take showers. Well, at least in areas that did not have too many mosquitos!
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:16 PM   #1327
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Once cold it takes minimal wind to increase the chilling effect.

Remember though wind chill is not an actual temperature, it is the effect of the wind, on heat loss of warm objects.

Example: -30 with a 20 mile per hr wind is a effect on your skin of -60 with no wind, but step behind a shelter and it is still only -30. Where it becomes really important is heat loss from a warm object like a house or cabin. You will use a lot more wood on a windy day than a calm day.

Thanks for this chilly info
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:10 AM   #1328
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Yes, probably, but then again where is the adventure in living comfortably in a normal house? I wanted the real Alaskan experience, and if I regret it I just have myself to scold! Nevertheless, an experience it will have been!
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:12 AM   #1329
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Been following your report for a long time gal. Being from S. Louisiana and hateing cold weather with a lot of passion, I'd probably bail.
Really though, I would op for the cabin and put a little porch together for the bike. Keep it coming.
Oh yes, I very much do remember how cold out house seats can be in the winter. I was in grade school when we finally got sewer lines where I lived down here.,
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:28 AM   #1330
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Need a roomie?I'm ready to get the heck away from here.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:46 AM   #1331
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Enjoying the winter

Seems like you've been getting lots of good advice and I'd say the most important thing is attitude, which in your case is sterling. But having lived in the Canadian bush for decades I will chime in on a couple of points:
1) Outhouses - no problem! In 40 years at this place I've never missed having an indoor toilet. I prefer stepping out of the house to do the business and watching the snowflakes falling lazily through the branches, or the squirrels at play or whatever small things of nature are going on which we're usually too busy to notice.
2) Wood heat - super important even if there's a backup heat source. Look for a good heater well installed. Should be big enough to accommodate larger sizes of firewood (less splitting, better control of fire) and to crank out the heat when needed. Also should not be leaky so you can turn it down to hold the fire effectively while you go to town. Think safety, look for good clearance from any combustibles and effective heat shields where needed. Really look at the chimney. Solid, insulated, not too close to wood framing? If you have any doubts find a local with years of experience to give it a look over. Ask them how many cords they figure you'll need for the winter. It also really helps if the woodshed is quite close to the house so you're not forever hiking for another piece of firewood. You're going to love it!
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:21 PM   #1332
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Been following your report for a long time gal. Being from S. Louisiana and hateing cold weather with a lot of passion, I'd probably bail.
Really though, I would op for the cabin and put a little porch together for the bike. Keep it coming.
Oh yes, I very much do remember how cold out house seats can be in the winter. I was in grade school when we finally got sewer lines where I lived down here.,
You know that pink or blue insulation foam really feels warm when you sit on it, even in very cold weather
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:25 PM   #1333
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Need a roomie?I'm ready to get the heck away from here.
Hmmm, small cabin in the middle of winter sharing it with someone I don't really know................
That might be an interesting way to spell either disaster or success!!
Anyone sharing my cabin would have to be a vegetarian, a non smoker and a non drunk. A glass of wine occasionally does not bother me, but everything else will. I have a feeling you're probably sh*t out of luck
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:27 PM   #1334
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Seems like you've been getting lots of good advice and I'd say the most important thing is attitude, which in your case is sterling. But having lived in the Canadian bush for decades I will chime in on a couple of points:
1) Outhouses - no problem! In 40 years at this place I've never missed having an indoor toilet. I prefer stepping out of the house to do the business and watching the snowflakes falling lazily through the branches, or the squirrels at play or whatever small things of nature are going on which we're usually too busy to notice.
2) Wood heat - super important even if there's a backup heat source. Look for a good heater well installed. Should be big enough to accommodate larger sizes of firewood (less splitting, better control of fire) and to crank out the heat when needed. Also should not be leaky so you can turn it down to hold the fire effectively while you go to town. Think safety, look for good clearance from any combustibles and effective heat shields where needed. Really look at the chimney. Solid, insulated, not too close to wood framing? If you have any doubts find a local with years of experience to give it a look over. Ask them how many cords they figure you'll need for the winter. It also really helps if the woodshed is quite close to the house so you're not forever hiking for another piece of firewood. You're going to love it!
Thanks Rabble I know I'll love it! My only bummer is having to wait till October till the cabin becomes available. I might just keep looking for something else, but seeing as I might have another house sitting job for a month, I might as well save some money and hang on in there for a while.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:32 PM   #1335
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Hmmm, small cabin in the middle of winter sharing it with someone I don't really know................
That might be an interesting way to spell either disaster or success!!
Anyone sharing my cabin would have to be a vegetarian, a non smoker and a non drunk. A glass of wine occasionally does not bother me, but everything else will. I have a feeling you're probably sh*t out of luck
Crap! My friends have been telling me I have been too picky and all I am looking for is someone who doesn't smoke and isn't CRAZY!!
Regards....just jeff
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