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GreybeardGunner
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2021 13:09 - Edited by: GreybeardGunner
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Hello Everyone:

I'm Shawn, from Nova Scotia, Canada. A few years ago, my wife and I purchased a small wooded lot. We recently decided to start camping there, so we built a small A-Frame cabin (10'x12'). Now, I'm aware that an A-Frame is not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm originally from Northern Ontario (Sudbury), and these cabins are all over the place. I wanted to build something reminiscent of where I grew up. Also, I have a granddaughter now, so I wanted a place that was simple and off-grid, so that we could teach her about self-sufficiency and how much fun the outdoors is. Anyway, I thought I'd join the forum and gain some knowledge! I've been kind of learning as I go, so no haters, please. Cheers, Shawn
In the beginning...
In the beginning...
Up she rises!
Up she rises!
Getting there.
Getting there.
Interior.
Interior.


frankpaige
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2021 14:41
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Bet you had fun building it and sitting on the deck. Almost no better feeling.
Looks nice.

qbodsyt
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2021 16:31
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Ignore any haters, I love it!

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 15 Mar 2021 12:27
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Looks great. Don't let what others think about A frames bother you. Your out doing it man.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 15 Mar 2021 12:54
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Hey, its a Great 'small cabin'!

FishHog
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# Posted: 15 Mar 2021 14:27
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Looks very nice, some beautiful country out there, and looks like you have the perfect place to enjoy it in.

Nice work on the build.

My cabin is just south of Sudbury, but it's not an A frame. ;)

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 15 Mar 2021 22:36
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Perfect place to hang out with the family! I love A frames.

Shadyacres
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# Posted: 15 Mar 2021 22:43
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I always wanted to build an A frame. May have to do it one of these days. Looks good !

Steve_S
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# Posted: 16 Mar 2021 06:52
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Nicely done, a perfect little getaway from all the hubbub of the big noisy world.

paulz
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# Posted: 16 Mar 2021 10:52
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Very nice inside!

fitzpatt
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# Posted: 16 Mar 2021 11:36
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Looks great!

GreybeardGunner
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# Posted: 17 Mar 2021 12:46
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FishHog
Hey! I'm from Sudbury! Nice to meet you.
Shawn

GreybeardGunner
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# Posted: 19 Mar 2021 12:07 - Edited by: GreybeardGunner
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Question: So, my cabin is 10'x12' and I recently picked up a small parlour wood burning oven to heat/cook with. I'm now investigating oval-to-round adapters, etc. Can someone tell me...what is the EASIEST way to route a stove pipe through a 60 degree cabin roof? I have never installed anything like this before, and I'm NOT about to go bring $1000 worth of gear to set this up. Surely, there must be a suitable way to do this. Any suggestions, ideas, etc? Thanks, Shawn
Vintage Daisy Parlour Stove
Vintage Daisy Parlour Stove


Brettny
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# Posted: 19 Mar 2021 12:24
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Get the flashing kit for your pitch roof and use the proper insulated pipe. Oval to round is usualy done by crushing a round piece of stove pipe. Northlineexpress.com usualy has prety good prices for insulated chimney. I used some Shasta vent brand stuff and it seamed good.

ICC
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# Posted: 19 Mar 2021 12:57 - Edited by: ICC
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A safe chimney will probably cost more than the stove. There are flashing units made for extremely steep pitches, though. You will need that plus a ceiling/roof mount, plus the appropriate insulated pipe for maintaining all the correct fire safety clearances.

If you are wanting to insurance the building against losses you might have difficulty obtaining insurance. I have heard that can be a problem in some parts of Canada.

Alaskajohn
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# Posted: 20 Mar 2021 12:31
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Great post and build! I love A frames! They make sense particularly in places that get a lot of snow such as in Canada and Alaska.

Homesteadalaska
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# Posted: 21 Mar 2021 02:57
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Love it. Awesome work. Gives me some ideas for my own.

GreybeardGunner
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# Posted: 14 Jun 2021 15:31 - Edited by: GreybeardGunner
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Hey All:

It's been a while since I posted, so I thought I'd drop by. My cabin build has been slow, due to our movement restrictions here in Nova Scotia (pandemic, and all). But we are finally allowed to move around again, so I'm back in business. I'm now working on building a small sauna, using recycled/repurposed materials (mostly). I have a buddy who has a small independent sawmill, and I picked up a load of really nice milled hemlock from him. The inside of the sauna will be hemlock, the frame construction/outside will be made from trees that I cut down to make room on my site for the cabin. I'm using hardwood pallets for the floor (have you SEEN the price of 'pandemic lumber', lol. YIKES! Pallets were free. Anyway, I just thought I'd post this and see if anyone else has done something similar. Cheers, and be well!! Shawn
Clementine checking on dinner.
Clementine checking on dinner.
Sauna build.
Sauna build.
Sauna build 2.
Sauna build 2.


GreybeardGunner
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# Posted: 14 Jun 2021 15:39
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A couple more pictures for those of you who are interested.

Shawn
I call it, 'The Boneyard'.
I call it, 'The Boneyard'.
My beautiful, locally milled hemlock.
My beautiful, locally milled hemlock.


GreybeardGunner
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# Posted: 14 Jun 2021 15:42
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Thanks for all the feedback on the woodststove. I'm going to figure something out.

Shawn

GreybeardGunner
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# Posted: 14 Jun 2021 15:48 - Edited by: GreybeardGunner
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paulz
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# Posted: 14 Jun 2021 21:33
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Looking good. Those are some nice pallets! Yes we're familiar with lumber prices, a couple of threads on it here. I've been wondering about pallets lately too, they used to beg you to take them, I bet they are selling them now!

I don't have much interest in a sauna at my place, I sweat enough as it is! But if it works for you, great!

Nice looking woods too.

silverwaterlady
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2021 00:10 - Edited by: silverwaterlady
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Did you check the ippc logo and treatment codes on your pallets?
I see colored pallets. They are full of chemicals.
I was a truck driver and after what I’ve seen in warehouses. Rats, mice and roaches. I would be sure to sanitize the safe pallets. They also carry slivers.
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GreybeardGunner
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2021 10:30 - Edited by: GreybeardGunner
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Hello.

The coloured pallets are hardwoods. They have been outside for about 3 years, and I've cleaned them well. As for gassing-off, I'm not too worried. I'll be sanding the floor to eliminate any splinter problems. We've used pallets like this in numerous cabins/sheds/saunas in the North. No issues. Not going to overthink things here. Thanks.

Shawn

GreybeardGunner
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2021 10:39
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Hi Paulz:

Thanks! You can still get them pretty easily here. The softwood ones are not painted, but I wanted the hardwood lumber for my floor. Scrub them with Javex and spray wash them to eliminate loose bugs, mouse/rat crap, etc. Once they have been cleaned, you are good to go. Shawn

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