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Finally going back to basics, taking what we have....

 
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and using our resources of land we already own to start simplifying.  I started documenting the process on YouTube and that is pushing me even harder to go for it.  I invite you folks to follow along if you wish.  Here's my first step:

 
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Loving the timber frame work. Thanks for sharing, hope to see plenty more.
 
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Thank you sir.  The next video is uploading now.  This has been the most fun project I've ever tried.
 
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Here's the next installment:

 
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Don't mind me griping at the wheelers, they like to tear up my fields.  Nothing like hitting ruts in the summer on a little tractor taking hay!

 
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Well I've been talking about building my barn, so I'll show you what I'm working with to get this thing going. I'm very lucky to have a good chunk of land that's PAID for and separated from the lot my house sits on.  If it ever came down to it I could sell the house and build again with this idea of self reliance figured into the equation.

 
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So the firewood is running low, winter came back to the northeast and I like my shop to be warm.  So I've been kicking around the idea of building a waste oil heater for a few years and decided to run with it.  With all the waste oil I keep in barrels from the farm around here I have plenty of fuel.  So I built this thing and couldn't be happier with it.  I ran it for 14 hours strait Saturday and used 4 gallons of waste oil.  My uninsulated shop, sitting in a windy hayfield, stayed in the 70's all day once it came up to temp.

 
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Sorry about the slow updates but here are some more on the barn.  Was in the woods this past weekend harvesting timbers for the barn.

 
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Finally putting up a bent, the camera was rolling.  

 
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Nice work going on
 
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