Baby it’s cold outside. Surviving the cold snap in a tiny home

Last night we knew it was getting cold outside. Our windows were frosted over and our home wasn’t holding the heat from the fireplace as much as it normally does.

We’ve become very efficient at starting fires. When I say we, I mean me. Ryan’s skills have vastly improved but I can start a fire out of almost anything these days. I don’t rely as heavily on kindling and dry logs as I used to. I shouldn’t be surprised. Starting multiple fires each day, every winter, for two seasons, has its perks. I am the fire master. more “Baby it’s cold outside. Surviving the cold snap in a tiny home”

Keeping our external water tank thawed over winter (tutorial)

Dear Northern Alberta,

We’ve had enough with your shenanigans! This winter we WILL defeat you. Not again will our water freeze leaving us helpless in the middle of a frozen wasteland. We will be victorious!

Sincerely,

The Copper House and Allies

How do you keep your water thawed during winter?

I have been asked this questions a lot. I  have also asked this question countless times with little to any feedback. In our first year living tiny I did not encounter anyone else storing water outside the home (above ground) and living in a freezing climate. The following blog post addresses a play by play of everything we are doing to keep our gigantic outdoor water tank happy and warm all winter long!  So, without further ado, here it is! more “Keeping our external water tank thawed over winter (tutorial)”

What about water in -40? An update

Click here to see our current water tank structure (November 2016)

Following up on our last article seen HERE , I’m going to start off with a brief overview of what’s been happening with our water heater..

On demand water heater update:

After reading the portable eccotempt L5 horror stories, we decided to shy away from using the one we had. After days/weeks/ months of reading mixed reviews for the other models, we decided to invest in a good one. We ordered the Takagi T-KJr2-IN-LP Indoor Tankless water heater ($843.41 on Amazon) because of the wonderful feedback. Unfortunately it came damaged in the mail. more “What about water in -40? An update”

Why cheaper isn’t better. Choosing our on demand hot water heater.

Today we ordered one of the most expensive investments for our home. We settled on the Takagi T-KJr2-IN-LP Indoor Tankless water heater. Selecting such an expensive unit was a rather dramatic shift from our original Eccotemp L5 “Portable Tankless Water heater and Outdoor shower”.

I had read multiple articles online earlier this year about how many people were choosing to “jimmy-rig” the L5 units and use them inside their homes. more “Why cheaper isn’t better. Choosing our on demand hot water heater.”

Winter Composting

This is a basic rundown of our winter composting solution. When brainstorming, we wanted the following needs to be met:

  1. Warmth to compost throughout the season.
  2. Large size with two sections.
  3. Accessibility for dumping and running urine.

Note: This is the first season with our design. We will keep this post updated and report complications if they are to arise.

The process: more “Winter Composting”