Hello From The NW!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Leeuhhh, Mar 6, 2015.


  1. Leeuhhh

    Leeuhhh Monkey

    Newbie here. Slowly working my way to off- grid. I have a recreational cabin on five acres here in WA to work with. The land is on a 100 year flood plain, so I can't use it long term, but fixing up the cabin and spending time there will be good practice. There's also a tree house on the property I want to do something with. I look forward to "meeting" you all and learning from the forums. image.
     
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  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    [winkthumb]Welcome to the Monkey! Nice place you have, very interested in what you are going to do with it!!
     
  3. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey Site Supporter+

    Welcome to the tree! There are plenty of folks here with all kinds of experience to help ya on your way! Look forward to seeing your posts:)
     
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  4. Leeuhhh

    Leeuhhh Monkey

    It looks beat up, but the structure is very solid. Some elk got in and kicked a hole in it, and as of right now there is an owl who has taken up residence in the loft. So I need to repair the wildlife damage. It's about 200 sq feet. The bottom room is pretty small, but the loft is bigger than it looks with good head clearance. I've already cleared out some of the blackberry bushes in the front (keeping some for pies and preserves), so this weekend I'll be patching the hole in the wall and trying to clean the loft a bit. I'm going to use it for extended stays this summer hopefully, so basically right now I am just trying to make it livable. I'll post pics as I go!
     
  5. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey Site Supporter+

    [winkthumb][winkthumb]
     
  6. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Welcome to the Monkey Tree.... Grab a branch, and have a look around.... Plenty of good Information here, and Lots of Great Folks, as well.....
     
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  7. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Welcome Aboard from another North Westerner.
     
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  8. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Welcome!
     
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  9. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    A new monkey, with a home in a tree? Cool!;)
     
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  10. Leeuhhh

    Leeuhhh Monkey

    Ya I just started thinking of the treehouse (just a platform right now- needs new flooring but solid frame) as being another potential "residence". It's on a small hill and like...up about 5 feet supported between three trees. Could come in handy as a storage spot (or??) since the acreage is on a flood plain.
     
  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Hunting blind;)
     
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  12. Leeuhhh

    Leeuhhh Monkey

    This was also taken on my property. Unfortunately it's a nature reserve, so no hunting :( . Good fishing tho. image.
     
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  13. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Come TSHTF, that is dinner on the hoof.
     
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  14. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Welcome.
    Glad to have you here
     
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  15. Leeuhhh

    Leeuhhh Monkey

    no kidding. One of those would feed me for a year lmao.
     
  16. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    You might have to go full solar, and have propane as well. An electric freezer needs less than 20amps 115vac. Propane freezers are available, but expensive.
     
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  17. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    No where near that long. You will lose about 1/3 to gutting, skinning, and butchering. If you bone it out (recommended) a bit more, perhaps %40. Once cleaned and frozen, it will keep for years, but if you are surviving by eating it, it will seem to go very quickly.
    I average 2-3 deer per year, and I always run out before hunting season.
     
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  18. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Build a smoker. Lots of DIY plans out there. Harvest an elk legally if possible, clean, butcher and freeze. Convert to jerky with smoker. jus sayin ...
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    I know much of the USA other than the south has had lots of snow. Is that the case in your area. Local Emergency Management on a County level should be able to predict whether or not you should be concerned for spring floods as snow melts. Might want to check.
     
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  19. Leeuhhh

    Leeuhhh Monkey

    Idk if I'll ever live full time on this property because it's on a 100 yr flood plain. When I bought it I was looking for a recreational property, and I love being there so much it has made me want to live that way all the time. I've considered building a cabin on stilts to give my belongings some protection and giving it a go, but I will probably end up buying a different property off the flood plain when I am ready to off grid full time.
     
  20. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    ....and a freezer does not need to be running, 24/7/365. A couple hours each day would keep it hard frozen, as long as the door stays shut. You could go solar, to charge up a battery bank, then run it through an invertor, for AC, and freeze it hard, then maintain it with less.
     
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