Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Primitive Wood Shelf

We went to the yurt for the long weekend, and I brought along a wood shelf that sits next to the wood stove. It's been annoying me for a while that wood just gets set on the floor and little wood bits go everywhere. So hopefully this will keep things a little more contained. I made it to be the same height as the stove because we often do camp-style cooking (pots of chili, Dinty Moore stew, etc.) and need a place to set the spoons. I'll have to find a tray to put on top of it so that it doesn't get all gloppy.
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This fan is perhaps the coolest thing we've gotten for the yurt. The heat from the stove usually just stays right around the stove area, and the other side of the room can get a bit chilly. Being off the grid and all, we were hooking up a little electric fan to a car battery to get the air to circulate. When we found out about this Vulcan stove fan that runs with a Stirling engine off the heat of the stove (no electricity needed!), and the timing of our discovery coincided with my hubby's birthday, it was kind of a no-brainer.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Bookshelf Bench

I don't know, but I may have found my new addiction. I promised my kids I'd make them bookshelves they could sit on. I've made two so far and have one more to go, but I don't think I'll be able to stop at just one more. Everywhere I turn in my house I see another wall or corner where a bookshelf bench would be just perfect. 011 013