Brew's Ongoing Mountain Cabin Thread

Discussion in 'Homesteading' started by Brew-Jitsu, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    Hello everyone. I'm starting this thread to share the various projects, meals, wildlife/scenery photography, and any other interesting occurrences on our mountain property, where we just moved.

    I hope to share some great recipes, time-saving tips/DIY, and any other tidbits I pick up along the way, and I'm sure I'll need to lean on others for some homestead wisdom when I run into issues (thanks, in advance).


    Stay tuned - working on a few pics to post today!
     
  2. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    One of our first meals outside (a few days ago) was a pork tenderloin. If you don't brine all of your chicken and pork, you should start - it just takes a bit more prep and the final product is always more tender and forgiving of overcooking.

    I use this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/170656/simple-chicken-brine/ and like to add poultry seasoning, pepper, citrus fruit, creole seasoning, hot sauce, etc. - whatever you like.

    The wood I used was very resinous pine wood (I don't have much choice), so it did impart some flavor, but it was still delicious.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    Yesterday I assembled two recycled plastic composters so we can start making our own black dirt; the dirt where I live is quite acidic from all of the downed pine trees.

    I went with manufactured composters - Algreen Soil Saver Classic - as they will compost faster than a wood-frame composter, and they have a lock on the lid for critters. They are also self watering - the shape will help maintain moisture. The bottoms are open to allow for worms and additional air/moisture flow.

    These were easy to assemble and are a decent size. The first box had a nut in the hardware that was unthreaded, so I thought I was going to have to reach out to them to beg for replacement hardware, but the 2nd box contained two bags of hardware, so that worked out!

    [​IMG]

    These ants weren't too thrilled that I had to move a few rocks for composters, but it was really neat to watch the efficient, coordinated way they moved all of the eggs into the mound to protect them from the sun.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2017
  4. manitoulinbound

    manitoulinbound Apple Fritter Lover Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2014
    Messages:
    2,383
    Likes Received:
    2,482
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Tagged so I don't miss any of the fun.
     
  5. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    One thing we need for the property is a cart to move dirt, saplings/flowers, garbage, and wood. I went with a poly cart because a metal one would be heavy to pull up the hill by hand. That being said, this poly cart has a handle that can be adapted for towing, so that will come in handy when we get a tractor.

    The cart is a Gorilla cart, and it has a dumping feature for the bin and stake bed holes to add wooden rails for leaves and things.

    But hey, just because the capacity is 1,200 pounds and rolls easily doesn't mean every freeloader on the road can just hop in and go for a ride!?! ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Muleman77

    Muleman77 Hobbyist Hobbyist

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2014
    Messages:
    1,434
    Likes Received:
    3,753
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your new place. Looks like a good start!
     
  7. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    I found this nest yesterday by my outbuilding. I only saw one bee next to it and haven't seen anything since, so I'm not sure what lives inside of it. I'm just hoping it's not wasps or African bees.

    [​IMG]

    Some wildflowers near the nest...

    [​IMG]
     
  8. CivilizationDropout

    CivilizationDropout Jack of all trades, Mastering some. Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,887
    Likes Received:
    6,460
    Location:
    Coventry, CT.
    Nice, I'll be watching bud!
     
    CO Tree Hugger and Brew-Jitsu like this.
  9. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    Walking up the hill on Friday, I came across a boulder with what looks to be a man-made hole in it. Does anyone have any input? Maybe a hole for processing nuts or seeds into flour? Wishful thinking?

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  10. MommaJ

    MommaJ Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2017
    Messages:
    614
    Likes Received:
    3,806
  11. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    We also need to build a gate to keep trespassers out, so we started scouting the land for timber to put up on both sides of the road. We found this burned telephone pole from the fire and it looks perfect for one side of the road. It even has some pretty nice steel hardware on it that I could use for the gate, or other projects.

    [​IMG]

    Some cool evening lighting...

    [​IMG]
     
  12. DarrylM

    DarrylM Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2016
    Messages:
    1,438
    Likes Received:
    4,426
    Location:
    NE Washington State
    Could that nest wall be individual homes for Solitary Bees? I don't know what a wild hive would look like outside of hollowed trees.
     
  13. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    One last pic for today - I drew my first tag! I've never been big game hunting, but I'm hoping I can get a bunch of the Colorado bushcrafters (or whomever!) to come up for the hunt, processing, and cookout.

    @Hunt4lyf - mark your calendar, brother!

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Hunt4lyf

    Hunt4lyf Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Messages:
    2,952
    Likes Received:
    3,694
    Location:
    Colorado
    It looks natural to me, all metate's I've ever found are super smooth on the inside from grinding with the pestle over the years.

    Awesome!!! I'm not sure I'll be able to make it as I'll be chasing elk the weekend before and deer the week after yours opens but if I can I will, even if for a day. With that burn out your back door you should have some good areas to hunt. Any questions feel free to pm me.
     
  15. MT_Fin

    MT_Fin Axe'aholic Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2014
    Messages:
    1,990
    Likes Received:
    5,986
    Location:
    Montana
    Nice! Subscribed and looking forward to seeing your progress and highlights!
     
  16. whtshdwwz

    whtshdwwz Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2016
    Messages:
    110
    Likes Received:
    224
    40 years ago my dad made a composting rig from 2 large polyethylene 55 gallon barrels. He drilled holes and set up a frame where the barrels could be flipped every couple days and emptied into a wheelbarrow as needed....it worked very well until he passed away...the added benefit as a kid was the worm beds he set up, we always had fresh fishing bait. Let me know if you need a sketch of the set up.
     
  17. Mr. Tettnanger

    Mr. Tettnanger Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2010
    Messages:
    7,562
    Likes Received:
    3,235
    Location:
    SE Pennsylvania
    Excellent thread!

    Thank you for sharing!
     
  18. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    Thanks for the feedback on the rock. I'll see if I can find any smooth examples; there's a few springs in the area, so I'm hoping primitive people set up shop here so I can rediscover their camp(s). Fingers crossed....

    I hope you can make it up for a day but, if not, no worries! I can't wait to share the tale and hear about your season. Happy hunting to both of us.
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2017
  19. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    Sounds like a great composting set up (your old man sounds like he was innovative). Please share a sketch at your leisure. Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2017
  20. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    I have no idea, but I'm hoping there's honey inside. I'm going to Winnie the Pooh my way in there and check it out... :)
     
  21. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    6,892
    Likes Received:
    14,024
    Location:
    TN
    Subbed, don't want to miss any of the fun and excitement nor an opportunity to learn.
     
  22. whtshdwwz

    whtshdwwz Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2016
    Messages:
    110
    Likes Received:
    224
    My dad also built some home made solar panels and a radiant heating system for our house....fond memories of using vinegar and newspapers to clean the panels weekly...look up Mosquito Coast, that was my dad.
     
  23. CivilizationDropout

    CivilizationDropout Jack of all trades, Mastering some. Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,887
    Likes Received:
    6,460
    Location:
    Coventry, CT.
    Heres what you do! Cut some twigs, fill just the opening of some of those holes and wait to see which insects return and try to enter. it's easy and less dangerous than popping that hill open..
     
  24. Hunt4lyf

    Hunt4lyf Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Messages:
    2,952
    Likes Received:
    3,694
    Location:
    Colorado
    Look for flattish areas and little piles of rocks that don't belong, many times they would bring their preferred rocks from far away to make their arrow/spear heads, fleshers, etc... On my little piece of dirt I own out by Hartsel I have several piles of rocks from scree slopes from timberline areas that definitely don't belong with the granite that dominates the property. Also don't look for complete arrowheads, look for pieces of it because more than likely if they were camped there you'll find the discarded pieces they deemed unworthy. I've found many flakes but only 2 broken arrowheads and 1 spearhead that was about 3" long from tip to where it was broken. Where I found the spearhead I can almost imagine the Indian chasing the buffalo on his horse and spearing it through the heart, breaking the the head during the process. I found it about 200 yards west of Hwy 285, just north of Antero Junction while belly crawling through the shortgrass prairie after an antelope.

    Here's a head I found, not sure if it was ever shot but you can see at the bottom how it looks broken, maybe it broke after the shot or maybe it broke while it was being chipped out, I kinda think it was shot because it was in a natural saddle where they would have lain in wait for game to cross through.

    7638607296_1832724c92_o.jpg

    A natural shelter in an area I deer hunt in, you have to walk up on it just right to realize what it is, you can see some rocks scattered that don't belong there that came from timberline

    10819169735_6c89f37d1b_o.jpg

    A close up of a pile of talus rocks miles from any talus slope

    10819388693_ac52ac5fb7_o.jpg

    Also look for circles made of rocks, they won't be perfect circles but just the general shape and probably not close to the water as they knew it would foul the water, I know where some are up in Wyoming that I wish I had pictures of.

    Long winded but hopefully it'll give you a little help in finding some traces of those that came before.
     
  25. Brew-Jitsu

    Brew-Jitsu Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,380
    Likes Received:
    5,727
    Location:
    Colorado
    Wow - thanks for taking the time to share your finds and providing a lot of useful information on what to look for. Your photos are awesome and stirs the imagination with possibilities. I'll be on the lookout and will report back if I find anything like that. Thanks again.
     
  26. Hunt4lyf

    Hunt4lyf Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Messages:
    2,952
    Likes Received:
    3,694
    Location:
    Colorado
    No problem, I wish I had pictures of the spearhead and some of my other finds, I'm always looking though what I mostly find are flakes. I don't ever hold on to what I find, just admire and maybe a picture and then it's back to the ground where I found it.
     
    CivilizationDropout likes this.
  27. atlastrekker

    atlastrekker Salty Sea Dog Supporter Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2016
    Messages:
    470
    Likes Received:
    2,168
    Location:
    Sierra Foothills
    The gorilla cart is awesome. We've had one here for a couple years now that is just like yours and it is very handy. I use it quite a lot.

    I like the thread so far, keep up the good work!
     
    CivilizationDropout likes this.

Share This Page