I’m about a week behind where I usually want to be right now because I got sick. Most of the snow is melted. I’ve got two rule burns in already and just finished signing up for a DNR Grant tree thinning program that covers 50% of the cost of the work. I’ve got 6.6 acres to clear and I’ll get reimbursed about 3k when I’m done. See the area in blue in the screenshot below. It’s a lot of work to clear and burn but I’m confident I’ll get it done.
Been struggling with my garden and getting seeds popped and then and idea came to me yesterday. It’s a pain in the ass to get up and down the loft where I had all the seed starts before so I decided that I would repurpose some plastic sheeting I had lying around outside all winter and simply wrapped part of the deck with it and now have a makeshift greenhouse. Also relocated the 300w LED fixture and may run that as supplemental. Got a temp/humidity monitor in there and soon a webcam to monitor remotely.
Iron Mountain Gardens Spring 2019 growing season has officially kicked off! The pond is pretty full as well and I’m going to start pumping some of the water into a 400gal container near the hugel bed where this years crop will go.
Lastly, decided to step up my hummingbird feeder game and got a trough. Can’t wait to start seeing the lil guys.
Recently I’ve had some challenges with stability on the low voltage thermostat that controls my 30000 BTU Williams direct vent furnace which I rely on to keep the cabin above freezing when I’m not here. Here’s the faulty one:
On several occasions I’ve woken up to temperatures of 50° where the thermostat failed to kick back on, so therefore I’m looking into replacement options. Grabbed 3 potential models to use from Home Depot, each with their own pros and cons and will decide which one is best for this application.
The first two units that require no external power source one being the “dumbest” which is a manually controlled unit, the second one being a little less dumb with a basic set of programs on a 7 days schedule that runs off a 2 AAA batteries. the semi smart one is a wireless thermostat that requires what’s called a “c wire”, and for my application requires a special power adapter that plugs into a 110 outlet in the adapter puts out 24 volt AC current. This is what the “semi-smart” thermostat needs to properly power it’s wireless other smart functions. Here’s the C wire adapter I ordered from Amazon:
This introduces more complexity in the heating system and adds an additional potential single point of failure, but I gain the additional benefit of being able to remote control and monitor the unit from afar.
Right now I’ll be testing out “semi-dumb” thermostat. It runs off 2 AAA batteries. That’s the advantage. Simple easy, virtually fail-safe.
About to tear down and rewire my entire 12v wiring, lighting, and appliances in the cabin. Making it safer and easier to access instead of having it right above the tankless hot water and pressure tank.
Instagram just launched a new feature for “Close Friends”. I intend to use this feature similar to how a lot of people use Snapchat stories as “premium” content that users can subscribe to to gain more intimate access to content. In my case, it will mostly be related to my offgrid lifestyle, cannabis industry work, and hacking on hardware/software. I’m going to try the same thing on Instagram so if you want to stay current and up on my daily activities, projects, and ramblings, I’m asking for a small $5 monthly donation to help support my effort. Here’s the link to the Paypal subscription. I can’t thank you enough for all the support and encouragement I’ve gotten on this journey so far. Onward! –BDE