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Hey Erik-Thank you for your service to our great country!Wecome to a great site/forum.Beautiful part of the world we have over there in the Okanogan.Great to see you bringing your boys up right too.Good progress on the cabin.I did notice your piers however-They seem to be a bit shallow in the ground. Do you think frost heaving may become a problem?Not to throw a monkey in the wrench but I have seen a few projects get thrown out of wack due to the freeze/thaw cycle. I think the frost level in that area is about 24".You may consider adding more backfill to bring the grade up thus covering the piers with more material. Maybe some of the more experienced folks can chime in here.Good luck and keep posting your progress.Tom
Eric, Nice work so far. Did you cast those piers yourself? Semper fi.Chadd
Looking good!Something to consider about the stove pipe...The closer you put it to the ridge the less chance you will lose it when the snow sheds off of the roof.Before I installed mine I asked for some advise from the local company that does woodstove installs.The guy told me that at least a few times a year he has to replace pipes that have been torn off the roof due to snow build up sliding down the roof. On a small building it may not be that big a deal.I put mine about 1-1/2 feet from the ridge.Just a thought.Tom
Another thing about wood burning chimneys... A chimney that exits the wall and then rises to above the roof peak may not draw as strongly as a chimney that goes up through the interior and then the roof. That's because it's entire vertical run is colder. Sometimes more noticeable with newer stoves with their internal baffles and twisted smoke paths than on older stoves. Just another thing to consider. What's that XJ got hiding underneath and between the bigger tires? I have one that's been worked over. Great vehicles.
Unless of course, I can find a smaller catalytic stove that's designed for something in the 400 to 700 sq/ft range?
Still need to change the gears since I'm still on stock ones and need to tweak a few other things -- it never ends!
Quote from: OlJarhead on September 28, 2009, 04:09:29 PMUnless of course, I can find a smaller catalytic stove that's designed for something in the 400 to 700 sq/ft range?Vermont Casting AspenQuote from: OlJarhead on September 28, 2009, 04:09:29 PMStill need to change the gears since I'm still on stock ones and need to tweak a few other things -- it never ends!My XJ has 32" tires. I swapped the stock 3.55 gears for 4.56:1 and added ARB's in both diffs at the same time. With the 4.56's the overall average fuel mileage actually went up. Add to that the automatic transmission doesn't "hunt" as much on grades. 4.11's would work well with 31" tires. I believe there is a break point on the gears. By that I mean one carrier for up to a certain gear ratio and another from that point up. It varies with axle make/model and year. I know the 4.56's required a carrier change which was why I did the gears and lockers all at once. The 3 core radiator is a cool change; literally.
The VC Aspen is a non catalytic model. It does have an optional outside air kit. I have a coarse screen in the chimney cap. I've never seen any embers rising. We too live in an area that is very dry most of the year. I like the Aspen, it has good room clearances and is more than enough for our 15.75 x 30 cabin. The big difference between your cabin and mine is that I went the way of very good insulation (R45 attic), very good windows, etc.This past weekend with the night lows dropping to 40 F I only built one fire, Friday night on arrival. The interior temp never dropped below 67 overnight and I had to open a window a little to get it to drop that far.