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Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 23 Aug 2018 14:09
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We're quite happy with it. The stain we used was a two part system, with three coats total. We should get 5-7 years before adding an additional coat of the second part.

Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 23 Aug 2018 14:14
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Here's some updated pictures of the interior. We finally got a lot of the organization done. There are still some more shelves to go up that will clean things up a bit more, and we need doors on the cupboards.
Rear right
Rear right
Rear left
Rear left
Front right
Front right
Front left
Front left


Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 23 Aug 2018 14:17 - Edited by: Whiskey Jack
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The other chore we finished was the exterior siding on three sides. It looks so weird to see the front without tyvek after a year.
Here's a shot of the kitchen shelving as well.
Bunkie front
Bunkie front
Kitchen
Kitchen


meloj
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# Posted: 29 Jan 2019 11:31
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Great job on the bunk! Looks awesome!

We built a very similar bunk last spring in North Frontenac, Ontario! I did a 3 level bunk on the back wall for our 3 kids and the loft like yours fits a queen. Our youngest was still in a playpen so once she moves to her bunk, I will do some shelves like yours in the front.

I did not get up enough last year, so hopefully this spring I can finish up the basics that still need to be done. Have not done insulation, will look at that this fall if I decide to add a small stove like you did.
Bunk
Bunk


Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 30 Jan 2019 21:11
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Thanks meloj! Yours looks great too. Any inside pics with the bunks?
One thing we found with the Grizzly stove is that it is actually over powered for our bunkie. Even at -40 it can still overheat the place quickly.

meloj
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# Posted: 31 Jan 2019 10:12
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I do not actually have any pictures of the bunks for some reason! We really have only been using 2/3 so far and I have to finish them a bit more. I do however have a picture of the kids on the bed!

As well I have to build my stairs to the loft. Because of the bunk beds I can not get a good angle for a ladder stair like yours, its too steep. I put a ladder more like stairs going left to right, which gives you a more stair like elevation. This spring I will build a stair case to replace the construction ladder currently holding its spot.

So my layout is a bit different but there still is some sitting room available despite the beds and stairs taking up the back half.
Kids enjoying the bed
Kids enjoying the bed


Rory
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2019 03:31
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The bunk looks great man. I'm new to the forum and I just noticed your area. I start work on building a cabin about the same size this spring just outside of Thunder bay along the Kam. I've been getting all the supplies ready while I wait and im starting to get anxious haha. I was just curious what you used for your foundation? I'm right on the exposed shield so im stuck between gravel and patio blocks, deck blocks, or 4x4 skids.

Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2019 08:12 - Edited by: Whiskey Jack
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Meloj, the kids look super happy. Mine are at the age now where they complain most of the time about going to camp. Enjoy these years.
Rory, good to see another local! Our foundation is 4x4x8 blocks we got at Lockstone. We dug down through the duff layer and used gravel to level. So far we're still good after almost 2 years.

meloj
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2019 12:15
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I hear ya Rory.... I was dying last winter to get my project started. So much that I went up in March 23rd to get ready on a few projects and get my outhouse up. To my surprise there was still 2 feet of snow and where I stayed at a families place 15 minutes away had a steep entry road, up at the top there was little to no snow. Down by the lake, 2 feet! So I had to get my 4x4 rented truck pulled out of the snow with an ATV.... so my first building trip was a complete waste. By the time I got to my place, the nearly 2 feet in my 800 foot drive was not going anywhere.... ha. With less snow I can drive into mine, we have all year round road access and our drive is only 700-800 feet into our main camp.

I had to suck it up and wait till May 7th before the local lumber yard could deliver and I could get started on the cabin!

You are right Whiskey, they do love going to the cabin. They have been asking all late fall and winter. I might have to seriously look at the grizzly for the fall, so we can go up a few more times. My brother-in law has a stove in his bunk and I hear ya, in that small of a space it cooks you out at night in the loft. We got a little lucky in finding an affordable piece of land so we could start this journey while the kids were still young.

Rory
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2019 12:52
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Haha meloj I'm glad im not alone. Ive been redoing plans over and over again every time I think of something knew while I wait. Unfortunately theres no road access for me so my only way in is by water and it will still be some time before all this ice is gone.

Thanks for the info WJ. With that in mind I think that on solid rock if I add a little gravel for leveling and then throw down some blocks I should be good. You may have just saved me some cash haha.

Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2019 21:35
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She's working overtime tonight warming it up in here.
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15490747930852408354.jpg


fiftyfifty
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# Posted: 2 Feb 2019 08:46
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Whiskey Jack, are you having trouble with your Grizzly stove window sooting up easily? I am.

Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 2 Feb 2019 08:56
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It depends on how it is running. If it is damped down, then it turns black. If it's running full bore with the air wash open, then it's pretty clear. It was nice and clear all last night while the bunkie heated up from below -22.

old243
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# Posted: 2 Feb 2019 09:11
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Ours soots up sometimes, especially if there is apiece of wood very close to it. Not hard to clean , when cold. A wet newspaper or paper towel will shine it right up. old243

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 2 Feb 2019 11:15
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To clean the glass of a wood stove. Use a damp paper towel and dip it in some ash . Your little camp looks great. As for kids at camp , well that’s always plus . Just seems that they forgot how to use your imagination. And maybe mom and dad did also.
Learning what bugs are around, and where they live. Counting the annular growth rings in a piece of firewood and what they mean. How to use a pocket knife safety. Starting fires. Our young ones were designed to learn, so are we for that matter. What birds live in your area and what type of bird house can you make. Maybe use only natural material.
I am a firm believer in take one, make one. But having a fun time is important. Whoever you are introducing to the wild including adults. I guess my point being introducing others to the reasons we enjoy our cabin life. And maybe even learning how to further enjoy the many wonderful opportunities that don’t need electricity .
Hope you and yours have many great learning experiences ahead. Another proud dad .
Our cabin last fall.
Our cabin last fall.


Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 2 Feb 2019 11:44
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Aklogcabin, our kids grew up immersed in that lifestyle. I'm a forestry/fish and wildlife/geology technician and my wife has her diploma and degree in forestry. Every kid had their own knife, my oldest has his own axe and before we got our camp we constantly back packed and canoes with the kids. They've just that age where friends and electronics are more important to them (especially the 14 year old). My middle son probably has the best time at camp with his telescope and climbing gear for climbing the white pines. They all bought their own kayaks last year too. Once there they usually enjoy themselves, but packing and driving up can be brutal.

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 9 Feb 2019 11:36
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Tooooo cool W J ! We homeschooled so got to spend lots of time together also. My kids did as yours are and that’s ok to. Sounds like you get to have great times. You and your wife sound like the kind of folks that do what you do because you enjoy the outdoors.

Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 16 Feb 2019 16:40
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Quoting: fiftyfifty
Whiskey Jack, are you having trouble with your Grizzly stove window sooting up easily? I am.

Fifty fifty, here's a pic of our glass after about an hour running the stove with the air wash open.
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fiftyfifty
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2019 08:00
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Oh, that looks fine. I would take that for sure. I've only fired mine up one weekend so far and within a few minutes the window would be so black that not any light at all would escape. Easy enough to clean, but it would just build right back up. I thought I had everything wide open, but maybe I didn't. The wind was howling, really gusting hard and wild the entire weekend, so maybe that was part of it too. The wood was very dry, so that wasn't the problem. I'll try again and report back.

Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2019 17:45
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Right now the glass is black. We've been running the stove almost closed for most of the day since it doesn't take much to keep the bunkie warm once it's heated up. When I fire it up in the morning it will clear up right away again.

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