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BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 14 Aug 2020 23:32
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Yes indeed, DENA. It’s really my dream job. I love Trapper Creek too, so close to good fishing.

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 20 Aug 2020 18:16
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The neighbors place popped up for sale, so I pounced on it. It is a tiny, tiny cabin 12x8 with a loft. But, it is a shelter away from the bugs, bears, and cold and will help me get started on something maybe a little more stylish. 20 acres now and only 500 feet from a nice little river.
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Alaskajohn
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# Posted: 21 Aug 2020 00:58
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What a gift! That looks like a very typical cabin, perhaps almost upscale, remote cabin! I could totally rock that! Perhaps a few more weeks you’ll have snow. I love this time of year most of all the Alaskan four seasons!

jsahara24
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# Posted: 21 Aug 2020 11:51
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Perfect addition to your property. Nice...

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 23 Aug 2020 19:44
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So I hiked in today. Again it is small, so I will do an addition. But it seems well built. There is a spring by the cabin that is not a gusher, but creates a little pond. I’m sure I’ll have to boil the water but it’s literally 100 feet from the cabin. I can see the river from my front porch. I’m so excited to improve it and explore Broad Pass more. I understand there is a small late run of salmon too, but I’m pretty far inland.
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Alaskajohn
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# Posted: 23 Aug 2020 23:54
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I say you did well! Is the spring above your cabin? A lot of Alaskans will run a hose from a water source above their cabin to their cabin. With the right amount of drop, you have pretty good running water.

NorthRick
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# Posted: 24 Aug 2020 15:20
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Nice! Having somewhere warm and dry to stay in while building makes a huge difference.

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 30 Aug 2020 19:22
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Few more today
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ratfink56
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# Posted: 30 Aug 2020 21:06
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Looks to me like Heaven on Earth. Good for you!

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 31 Aug 2020 15:06
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Looks great near that area. I recognize the mountains. Stared at them a lot of times and still am just in awe. I built in the woods to try to keep from human predators but haven’t had any troubles. But just have to get into the open and wallah. The Ak range.
Funny story. The one of two neighbors I have 1-1/2 miles north built in 05 or so. He found a note in his woodshed from a young man who inherited a plot from grandpa on north end of lake. Get dropped off and realizes he’s now in Ak wild. Cabin grandpa built made a great home for the voles n such after snow caved it in. Note said thanks for using his woodshed for a shelter.
Pretty safe around n if word gets out someones stealing it gets handled. Maybe Rick or others around have bad experiences. Now bears. You got big bears. Cool !
The real important question, what are the moose doing ? Didn’t meat to jack your thread just trying to be neighborly hope that’s ok. Ain’t it absolutely beautiful out !

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 31 Aug 2020 17:37
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Lots of moose sign, but no moose so far. I haven’t actually gotten to stay there yet as we are still a week or two from officially closing. I cannot wait.

The spruce beetle is creeping north up this valley. They are literally at my door step.

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 1 Sep 2020 11:09
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My son just cut a wafer off the base of a white spruce the was hit with beetles. He counted near 200 years old.

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2020 22:33
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Glorious day today in Denali. Dropped one tree and improved the river view. And Denali down the highway.
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BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 14 Sep 2020 23:30
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Anyone have any suggestions for an off grid toyo stove? One that might work on gravity feed?

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 14 Sep 2020 23:52
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Found something called the Nordic 68, no power required

NorthRick
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# Posted: 15 Sep 2020 15:57
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I was going to say, Toyo stoves need power, clean power.

I looked at the Nordics for our cabin but went with propane instead. My wife hates the smell of diesel.

I did stay in a public use cabin (Crow Pass) that had one of those and it seemed to work just fine.

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 15 Sep 2020 21:35
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I heard that propane doesn't like to work past 20 below.

NorthRick
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# Posted: 16 Sep 2020 16:52 - Edited by: NorthRick
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Quoting: BadgersHollow
I heard that propane doesn't like to work past 20 below.


A few years back I found myself at the cabin a -28F. The propane heater was still going, fed by a 100lb tank, but it's output had decreased.

I got below -30F up there several times this winter. I wasn't there. I was in my natural gas heated house in the city.

Your cabin will likely see colder temps than our cabin as you are both farther north and higher in altitude. You could make propane work but you are probably better off with heating oil. You can buy #1 diesel at the station in Cantwell.

FishHog
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# Posted: 16 Sep 2020 16:57
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I ran my propane heater during a week of -33C temps at night and while it wasn’t 100% it worked well enough. I run off of twin 30 lb tanks

AK Seabee
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# Posted: 17 Sep 2020 01:32
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A lot of folks use drip stoves. Fairly effecient.

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