We are beyond excited to say that we now have heat in the tiny cabin! As of last week, the wood stove and chimney were successfully installed, allowing us to heat up and dry out both the cabin and ourselves.
We were fortunate to find our wood burning stove on Craigslist for a great price and we couldn’t be happier with it. It’s the small yet mighty Jøtul f602- just a few pieces of firewood will raise the temperature of the cabin by about ten degrees and keep it there for several hours. Of course it helps that the house is well insulated and also small-scale.
As far as installing the stove pipe goes, let’s just say that we learned SO MUCH in this process. We actually sourced everything through a local stove store because some things are just not able to ship to Alaska, and we were thankful for the advice and guidance of the shop owner. We ended up paying more than we would have liked for the chimney/stove pipe, but at least we have the peace of mind of knowing that we did everything the right way with the best parts. I guess you really don’t want to mess around where fire is concerned 😉
Anyways, the plan was this: to have the stove on the ground floor, near the door, with the chimney extending straight up through the ceiling, through the second story, then finally through the roof. We ended up using double walled pipe for the first story pipe which fed into a ceiling support box and transitioned to class A pipe, which then ran through the second story, through the roof (through a special box that we built to keep the insulation >2 inches away from the pipe) and then out into the wide wide world! Here is the play by play in pictures. Also, the cement blocks under the stove are only temporary- we have grand plans to make a custom hearth out of our stones from our creek.
And just like that, our house went from cool and damp to warm and cozy. Funny story- over the course of the summer we have become so accustomed to living in 50 degree temps that anything over 60 degrees feels too hot for us. When the wood stove took the indoor temperature all the way up to 70 degrees one night, we both had to put on shorts! It’s all relative, I guess. Anyways, now that the fall rains are here, we are so thankful to have a warm and dry space to live in. The next big project we’re working on is creating our off-grid electrical system using solar energy. So get amped for the next post!