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This exact structure.
 
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This isn't an exact answer, though if it helps, I believe it was a combination of at least these items:
  • logs for the skids, harvested off the land here - which means people (housing and food at the very least) & vehicle/equipment costs
  • lumber, milled from logs off the land here - (1x4s and/or 2x4s?) again people, vehicle and equipment expense (replacing teeth on the saw blades starts to add up after a while...)
  • lumber, purchased new - some was super cheap 2x4s, some were higher quality 2x4s and 2x6s or 2x8s
  • enameled sheet metal roofing, purchased new
  • window - might have been left over from putting a bigger window into the office
  • insulation, purchased new
  • small solar panel, purchased new
  • wiring, outlet for solar panel, purchased new
  • hardware, purchased new - nails, screws, door hardware, etc.

  • I think it's cool we used some logs and lumber from the land, and I think using reclaimed lumber, and reusing items for other components is also neat. Someone who is really reuse savvy could likely build it for far less than what we did at wheaton labs. We're amassing some awesome supplies and storage areas for being able to build more resourcefully going forward.

     
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    So sam, what kind of heat did this thing end up using this winter ? I know there is insulation, but what else?

    Also, there is no water in it is there?

    Does the little solar dealio work during the winter at all? With the lack of sun?
     
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    We are currently working on a 4 inch rocket mass heater for the love shack. It currently has a solar collector on it which keeps it at a livable temperature. I also have plenty of blankets to keep warm and my mouse friends. lol
    It isn't connected to water at all the only water is whatever I bring there. The solar collector works in the winter, there is generally a good amount of sunny days and the love shack holds heat pretty well.

     
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    Here's sam chatting about the loveshack and a few of it's cool features.

     
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    Hey Permies!

    Here are some pictures of inside of the Love Shack for anyone that wanted to stay in it.
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    Love Shack 0
    Love Shack 0
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    Love Shack 1
    Love Shack 1
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    Love Shack 2
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    Love Shack 3
    Love Shack 3
     
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    More pics of the inside! Yay!
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    Love Shack 4
    Love Shack 4
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    Love Shack 5
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    Love Shack 6
     
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    Open the window to see the volcano and spot wild turkeys passing by and walk out from the sweet lil shack to a beautiful view of the morning sun rise over the mountains.
    come grab a bunk in the beloved love shack!
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    Beautiful comfy warm bed!
    Beautiful comfy warm bed!
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    Come cozy up in the love shack!
    Come cozy up in the love shack!
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