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Homesteadalaska
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# Posted: 24 Nov 2019 06:21 - Edited by: Homesteadalaska
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Hi all, I've been lurking on this site for awhile but thought I'd finally post some pictures of my cabin.

The "cabin" is more of an elegant tent, made with 1x4s and tarps, but it works for me.

Some more details: I recently purchased this dream parcel way off grid in Alaska, accessible only by plane or snowmachine. 40 acres with my own private airstrip. The man I bought it from was an old Vietnam vet who lived here for 20 years. He recently passed and I was able to pull the finances to buy his cabin. It's already equipped with 7 outbuildings full of supplies and tools, a four wheeler, a tractor, a bulldozer, a sawmill, and several generators. I have roughly 3 miles of roads cutting through the property, so the whole acreage is accessible. It borders a decently sized creek and is mostly surrounded by state land. I have another 40 acres 1 mile north of here that I'll eventually build a road to and build a new cabin there. It's a bushman's paradise, major moose and bear country. I'm currently living here alone with my dog and loving it.

Homesteadalaska
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# Posted: 24 Nov 2019 06:27
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The cabin made of arched 1x4s and greenhouse plastic so I can grow some veggies through the winter
Cabin with greenhouse front
Cabin with greenhouse front


Homesteadalaska
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# Posted: 24 Nov 2019 08:22
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The airstrip is 1400 feet long and about 60 feet wide. Big project ahead with widening it for winter access Homesteadalaska
The airstrip
The airstrip


Atlincabin
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# Posted: 24 Nov 2019 08:54
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Wow, looks great. I would think a 1400x60 airstrip that looks like your photo would be plenty sufficient. Whereabouts in Alaska?

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 24 Nov 2019 10:24
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Great to hear about your success. Lots of work ahead. Is the tarp over the one byes all you have ?

Homesteadalaska
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# Posted: 24 Nov 2019 13:03
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Atlincabin, the strip is plenty wide for landing on wheels, but it gets a little sketchy on ice, so the pilots I fly through would only be comfortable landing if it were at least 10 feet wider on each side for wiggle room.

I'm about 100 miles NW of Anchorage, 10 miles from Denali National Park.

Homesteadalaska
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# Posted: 24 Nov 2019 13:15
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Aklogcabin, lots of work indeed. The tarp structure is my main place, yeah. It doesn't seem like much on the outside, but it stays nice and warm. I even have a few pepper plants growing. I've been working on making it a little more comfortable with some log walls, if the picture uploads. Temporary, made out of green wood, but I'll be tearing it all down in a year or two anyway, as it is in pretty bad shape.
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IMG_20191115_133113..jpg


KinAlberta
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# Posted: 25 Nov 2019 20:21
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It stays warm?

Nobadays
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# Posted: 26 Nov 2019 07:51
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KA.... that was my thoughts too. Must be insulated.

NorthRick
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# Posted: 26 Nov 2019 17:56
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Welcome to the neighborhood! We're a lot closer to the highway than it sounds like you are. Just west of MP 120 on the Parks Hwy.

KinAlberta
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# Posted: 29 Nov 2019 10:14 - Edited by: KinAlberta
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Quoting: Nobadays
KA.... that was my thoughts too. Must be insulated.

Sooo hard to believe that this could stay warm without a lot of constant effort if it were a wood/coal stove or a lot of propane or oil heating.

I live in Alberta. It takes major heating even here in fully insulated buildings.

Homesteadalaska
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# Posted: 18 Dec 2019 10:46
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It's insulated, and also partially buried, capturing the mass of the earth for heat. The front wall is double wall greenhouse plastic and does a suprisingly good job of keeping the cold out (not so good at keeping bears out) At zero degrees Fahrenheit outside, I can let the fire die and the whole place will maintain 50 degrees for almost a whole day. I actually find myself opening a door quite often because it gets so hot.

Homesteadalaska
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# Posted: 18 Dec 2019 10:58
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Northrick, thanks for the welcome. Sounds like your close to the Petersville area? That's where I'll be sledding in a few supplies this year, up over the Kahiltna. I'm about 50 miles directly west of Willow.

NorthRick
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# Posted: 18 Dec 2019 13:02
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Yes, we are in the Petersville area. Currently waiting for some new snow to make the snowmachining fun again. At least we are getting some cold weather now to freeze up the creeks. I got mud on my snowmachine last Saturday when I fell through a soft spot. For mid-December, that's just wrong.

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 19 Dec 2019 09:51
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Homestead n NorthRick. Yes to some snow. What do you use our a freight sled, sleds ?

SherriInTheWoods
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# Posted: 31 Dec 2019 12:35
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Homesteadalaska
Happy New Year !

SherriInTheWoods
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# Posted: 31 Dec 2019 12:39
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Homesteadalaska
I am new to this forum and am hoping to email with you directly (not public), but don't know how to do this. I just want to talk with you about your awesome lifestyle !
If you want to, email me at: jappazoo at aol.com from: Sherri In The Woods

Homesteadalaska
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# Posted: 18 Jan 2020 04:50
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Welp, this is crazy to say, but my cabin, which I was so excited to spend the rest of my life in, burned to the ground and I barely escaped with my life. Not surprising based on the way it was built with so much plastic and what not, but I thought it’d last me a little longer while I could build an actual log cabin. I’m not giving up by any means. It’s just time to start over, so I won’t have any updates for awhile.

Nobadays
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# Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:32
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Glad you got out.... sorry about your dog.... We on the forum felt pretty sure the news about a cabin burning/rescue of the dweller was you.... a thread was discussing this.

Make new plans... move forward!

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 18 Jan 2020 19:11
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You survived, which shows resiliency. Quite a story. I almost bought a place way out in the bush too, and the seller had a small 10x12 shed with a woodstove as his secondary shelter just in case his primary burned.

Alaskajohn
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2020 18:03 - Edited by: Alaskajohn
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I am glad you made it through this alive and safe. A cabin fire is one of my biggest fears and it’s something I’ve thought about a great deal. Best of luck on your rebuilding.

Sourdough
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2020 18:34
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Quoting: Alaskajohn
I am glad you made it through this alive and safe. A cabin fire is one of my biggest fears and it’s something I’ve thought about a great deal. Best of luck on your rebuilding.


DITTO......what Alaskajohn posted

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