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)”

The trials and tribulations of hooking up a miniature gas range

Our little gas range has been hooked up for several months and we couldn’t be happier. We feel extra grateful for our setup considering how long it took to get things running smoothly. With limited resources, installing our gas appliances was a major struggle. Finding a professional who was willing to work with gas in our home was unlikely due to regulations that leave tiny homes in a legal grey area. more “The trials and tribulations of hooking up a miniature gas range”

Reality TV casts a dark shadow on a tiny movement

As a tiny home builder and dweller, I feel anxious about showing off our home. For too long, I’ve held back from posting pictures and updates. I’ve come to realize my resistant inner force is based on a preconceived idea of how our home “should be”. And it’s not just me.
With much searching, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with other Canadian tiny home enthusiasts who don’t put themselves out there. How can we move forward and share information with so many hiding in the shadows? more “Reality TV casts a dark shadow on a tiny movement”

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”