Looking Back 2: The First Winter

| 3/6/2015 5:19:00 PM

Mosquito Mountain Montana HomesteadI was recently asked to provide some photos for a blog post I made awhile back. That led to searching through some photo files I haven't looked at in years, which led me to relive some fond (and not so fond!) memories. I thought I'd share a few of them with you.

It's important to note that when we began this adventure I was 48 (almost 49!) years old. My wife and I had been married only about a year, and we still had five children living at home. One opted to stay in town with friends while the rest of us made the move.

This segment shows a few more photos from the fall of when we first took possession.

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3In these first two photos you can see the new window we put on the left (west) wall. The cabin had very small windows and because we planned on being off-grid (we didn't even have solar power the first two years) we wanted all of the natural light we could get. One of the neighbors cautioned us that the windows would also make it hard to heat the cabin in the winter, but we really wanted the natural light. His concerns proved unfounded though. In the first hard cold spell (several days with 25 below zero lows and highs around zero Fahrenheit), our cabin stayed toasty warm while that neighbor's home never got above 60 degrees inside.

4/23/2015 2:45:28 PM

Hi Jim: I did not make the home made stove mentioned in the article. It was in a previous home we owned and we brought us with us. I do have an excellent book on making wood stoves at home and I'll be glad to post the title as soon as I get home next month. The stoves in it are better than the one we have yet the designs are still simple. I can also take some photos of our stove along with the measurements. We have 20 acres.

4/18/2015 7:52:47 AM

Would love to see some pictures and maybe some directions on how you built the 'homemade stove' you refer to in the article. And can I be bold enough to ask how much land you have? jim jwbgso@aol.com