Cordwood Construction in the mountains of Utah

Jennilee sent me the following email with pictures from Utah. They are doing everything by hand with what they find. Talk about sustainable. Thank you Jennilee!  Here are their beautiful projects.

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This picture was a little crooked so I tipped it straight:0)

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“Hi Richard, This is our cordwood sauna and our wood fired hot tub. We are up in the western Uinta’s outside of Park city Utah. We started this project last fall. Then winter came and finished this fall. It is an external feed. It works great!! We have Beaver chaw incorporated in the wall. What an amazing fun project. This was our first attempt. Turned out Swell.

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The next one is going to be a Vardo (sheep camp) This will be our guest house and art studio. It will contain cordwood in a few walls. Thanks for all your info.
Advice is be patient, let it set up and have good beer and a great partner
We have three working wood stoves, hot tub,sauna,& cabin.
It is a beautiful world out there we spend all of our time outside.I can’t wait for spring to get the next projects rolling.
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Mike and I (Jennilee Post) have a really sweet small cabin in the western Uinta’s. A special place where we can backcountry ski right from our cabin. Jennilee Utah 8We are surrounded by mountains and a small lake up here. There are only  eight people that live up her year round. You have to snowmobile in or ski up to our cabin. It is Awesome for us.

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We are at Weber canyon, by Oakley, Utah outside Park City, Utah.                         I made the door !!! I hand shaved the pine logs (for my teepee poles) Then sanded them and cut them for the border. The other wood is cedar with a deer antler handle. The swirls are from a friend that had a yard full of blacksmith scores!!! Recycle everything I can. We love to scavenge what ever we can find!

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Beaver chaw is  the finds after they cut a tree; Chewed on wood. I guess that’s my own term. Ha!  My husband is laughing at me. I call our little cabin Beaver Chaw. We use everything. It’s driftwood I find at the lake that the Beavers eat and build there houses. We have made many things with it. fence, stair railing and my deck railing, etc.  Inside it is all cedar benches. The walls have blue glass, pink cups, wine blue bottles. clear glass blocks, Driftwood beaver cut trees (chaw)

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Here is a cool recycle green house I made out of old windows. The frame is wood we get out of the dumpster from building waste. Thought you would enjoy. I have some inside the sauna that I will send to you. Hope you enjoy. It is so fun to build and reuse everything you find. When I start my Vardo ( sheep herder camp structure) I will keep you posted.

Here are pictures of the hot tub made from a 5 foot cattle tank.

Jennilee Utah 9We used a 5 foot cattle tank. Snorkel stove that is wood fire feed. We also used a bunch of R3 insulation around the tank. Also put foam insulation under tank. We use no chemicals in our hot tub.

Jennilee Utah 10 Every time you get in it water flows out. We fill a little more after use and it keep’s it clean. We also drain it and bleach it out every month. It gets extremely hot so you must make sure you don’t scaled yourself. We fire it up before we go for a ski tour then when we get home a nice soothing  tub  is ready to go. Finish it off with a nice beer ! A great addition to our cabinEnjoy…Jennilee           Thank you Jennilee! 

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