BIG Cedar Center Post

Posted: March 19, 2016 in Cabin
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In this photo you can see a lot. The big cedar center post we will be using in our cabin. Our gravity fed septic tank. The forms of our cabin foundation and in the background our pop-up trailer and car port we lived in for two years.

I ran across this 18′ Red Cedar log at a local Port Orchard mill.  It was ‘love at first sight’!  All the gnarly knots where the branchesIMG_5283 had been…the way the bottom part folded in and out the way Red Cedars do.  I had to have it!  Instead of mill it down to a table top I decided to use it for my center post in our cabin.  It will be the center post that holds up our ridge pole.  Smack dab in the middle or our cabin!  I decided to use a Tong Oil on it to bring out its natural color.  I spent some time peeling off all the bark I could reach.  At the end of the summer of 2015 I pulled it myself…with the help of my jeep and winch…over to the garage and stored it inside the garage over the winter.  IMG_5288had to IMG_0932hook up a snatch block on the far side of the garage to pull it in.  Thank goodness for winches and block ‘n tackle.

 

 

SOLAR POWER.  Got your attention?  We purchased this piece of land knowing it had power lines literally crossing our land at one end.  So naturally we thought we had power.  What we didn’t consider was the cost of getting that power up the hill 1500′ to our build site.  Later we found that cost to be 37k!  If I was to tell you one thing that may save you the most money, it would be…consider and research your UTILITIES!  Power, water and septic.  With that said we still love our purchase of land and its ‘curveballs’.  We actually are appreciating our ‘off the grid’ situation with power.  We do have a wonderful well and now have a gravity fed septic tank.  So power will be dealt with in three ways…solar, generator and propane.  I will wire the cabin with grid power in mind, mostly for resale value but also for using a generator when needed.

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Here are the four golf cart 6volt batteries we use. Connected to create one 12volt battery.

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Our two 160watt solar panels. Enough to feed our batteries and power our trailers evening lights, router, converter and charge our devices.

For the first two years we have used two 160watt solar panels with four 6volt batteries, a 7000w generator and a handful of small propane tanks.  This summer I am hoping to add solar panels, a better converter and possibly more batteries.  Also we will invest in a more permanent generator and a large propane tank.

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