Monday, January 21, 2019

40' Shipping Container for Off-Grid Storage

Several factors contributed to our decision to install a shipping container on the mountain site for the homestead. Knowing we wouldn't have enough time before snowfall to construct a shed at the size needed (and to have it properly sealed), we opted for one of these 40' high cube, weatherproof/sealed units - in a sale brokered through the "ContainerOne" company.

Before we made the purchase, we researched how these containers are delivered - and knew it would be a challenge for the delivery contractor to drop it where we needed.  The truck would need 100ft of straightaway for departure after dropping the 40ft unit. Thus the preparation began...



Laying down branches in mud for traction. 

Fighting the weather of consistent, weekly mini-deluges that have damped our mountain site work dates since Spring of 2018 - and needing to have this unit on site by the first major snowfall - we were pleased with the ContainerOne team's patience in allowing us to delay the date some 3 months while we waited for opportune weather. Finally, after a few days of temps in the 20's to firm up the 6" of mud, the go ahead was given. 


The morning of delivery - hours after the first snowfall of the season.
150 yards of steep frozen slope up to the platform.

A special thanks and props to Jensy from TW-Construction for his determination, enthusiastic work ethic, and incredible skills in getting the job done! Like a pro, like a bro, on the go, whatta show! 

Kudos to Michael Blakney, Victoria, Leslie, and Clint from ContainerOne for their professional communication, optimism, and helpfulness in working with us throughout the months' long planning process all the way up to the hour of delivery. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

New Off-Grid Homestead

Finally started breaking ground on the new homestead.

The majority of the acreage is wooded with white pines, contains a two-spring fed stream, and a few acres of mature locusts, oaks, poplars, black cherry and ash.

First clearing out this 60’x 16’ space for a solid storage shed and workshop.

Plan is to have the shed in place by snowfall; and the lumber
(for the workshop and A-frame cabin) processed and ready by Spring.

Will be documenting this process with video updates as we go. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cherry Smoked Chicken Winter Wings

Used this month's grill box to give old man winter the send-off he so aptly deserves. Bravado's unique serrano & basil sauce and jalapeno/garlic spice provided just the right heat to thaw out our sinuses after grilling in the cold blustery wind. The cherry wood smoked wings revived the taste buds as well - sweet inner meat with an outer coat of smack-worthy "reel" bbq.

:: Thanks Bravado Spice, Vaughn Wood Products, & Reel BBQ for a savory experience.

How this 94 year old spends a snow day. :)

"Keep creating." -Granddad

Monday, February 12, 2018

Bacon wrapped chicken & mushroom beef Kababs.

~Bacon-wrapped Chicken & Beef Kababs, with tomato basil goat cheese & banana spice stuffed Potatoes. :: Prep Time: 30 minutes. / Smoke Time: ~1.25 hrs

Yep.. that hit the spot! 

:: Items included in this month's Grill Master's Box included sauces & rubs from:

Vaughn Wood Products w/ Jim Quessenberry BBQ w/ Simply Spice Rubs

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hunter's Den Cooking: smoked deer heart.

Our hunting camp did well this season - while keeping well fed during.
On the homecooked wood stove menu was:
+sausage w/egg & aged sharp cheese on toasted sourdough bread;
+breakfast casseroles with shredded taters;
+navy beans & leftover ham w/aged sharp cheese;
+Smoked heart from a buck I harvested earlier (shot placement matters).

(The smoked heart even earned Granddad's seal of approval. In all his 93 years, he's never had heart prepared this way before.)

Spices & sauces were from this month's Grill Masters Club kit, and included Elk Creek Bar-B-Q Co. Competition grade products, American Stockyard BBQ, Original Juan Bite me sauce, and Vaughn Wood Products hickory wood chips. All the above made for some spectacular flavoring to an otherwise preoccupied palate.

Follow-up thoughts:  

All the items in this month's box were a win! Two that really stood out from others of their category were the Stockyard BBQ Southern Blues sauce and the Elk Creek AP dry spice. For my personal taste, these two top the chart. Follow the links in the text above ^ to check out their products!