Hell is Cold!!

I’m still suffering (truly) from more snowfall here.  This is turning into pure hell.  Last night’s snowfall was wet, heavy and cold.  I’m only mentioning this because it’s keeping me away and outside and I’m not blogging much.  When I come in, I’m exhausted.

But boy oh boy, am I learning a few things.  I like my chickens and rabbits far enough away from the house that I don’t have to smell them in the summer time, but plowing through 4 ft of snow by hand over and over again is becoming excruciating. I’m half-ready to move in with my chickens or vice versa.  That’s how people used to do it, sharing warmth, food, water and feces I suppose.  Yech!

The other thing I’ve learned is cover as much walkways as you can and keep your outbuildings close by.  Even my firewood pile is a serious task of digging out right now.

I’ve got quite a few square feet of roof here by my standards and it’s proving to be a big challenge to keep them lightly weighted.  My thoughts for future home: steep roofs (on everything), small foot print, underground storage including tunnels, covered walkways, slave labor and plenty of food!


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3 thoughts on “Hell is Cold!!

  • January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    the old-time farm houses of New England were one long continuous series of buildings with the main house on one end, the large animal barn on the other, and from 3 to 6 other smaller ‘buildings’ (use areas) in between. If there did have seperated structures, most were connected with walled (sometimes rolling) and roofed “breezeways”. That way, they could get to everything at any time and had no need to waste energy shoveling snow day and night. Used their energy to keep warm, maintain home/make wardrobe, and anything that they wouldn’t be able to ‘get to’ when thaw arrived and the fields dried enough to work – after which, no time for anything until all the crops (including firewood) were harvested and preserved.

    Many folks in Canada and Alaska have other (and similar) ways of not shoveling snow – fuck it, just ravel on top – too much other work to do to ‘remove’ it.

  • January 31, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Forgot to mention that my roof vents keep getting covered up. This isn’t a huge problem, but it has led to some “strange” odors in the house. The vent pipes should be longer. I built this place and could easily fix this – in good weather. Yet one more things to remember to do for the crashstead… tall vent pipes!

  • February 1, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Here in CO they build ‘cold roofs’. Essentially a second roof with 2×6’s on side then sheathed and covered with pro-panel over 90lb felt and the bottom two courses being grace ice and water shield. Vented and uninsulated to prevent ice dams. A 6/12 pitch and south facing roof would be great for water catchment and more rapid melting.

    admin, now you can capture and burn some methane with those clogged vent pipes.

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