Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

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Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby Starfaun » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:58 pm

Hey, everyone!

I thought I would share my adventures building a hermit's hut with you! I've been wanting to do this for a few years now and I guess it was just time. I haven't built anything since third grade, so thankfully my dad is helping me out!

Well, anyway, in January I started looking around for windows. I found an old pair in a thrift shop and so I peeled off the paint and the putty, removed the broken glass, oiled them, replaced the glass and applied new putty. The same thing went for the door, except it wasn't found in a thrift shop but up on our attic! Apparently it was the kitchen door in the 40's, 50's and 60's. My late grandmother and I grew up in the same house and it's so fascinating (and comforting) to think that something that was part of her every day life is now going to be part of mine!

I've chosen to use locally sourced 95 mm wood fibre insulation and I'm going to heat with a wood stove, which has been bought used. The hut will be 3,00 meters by 3,60 meters and it will have a sloping tin roof. Well, I guess that's about how far we have gotten for now! :iconbiggrin:

And here's a photo from today's building!
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby Starfaun » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:59 pm

It looks like only one attachment per post is allowed, so here's a photo of the window...:
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Postby Starfaun » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:01 pm

...and here's a photo of the door!
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby Chants Cottage » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:21 pm

Oh dear. I'm going to make myself feel and sound very old and potentially patronising by saying I wish this is the kind of thing I'd wanted to do when I was 20... Love that door (and the fact that it came from the family home). Look forward to seeing how the hut progresses...
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby Carltonian Man » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:50 am

That's an interesting project SF, I love following things like this. Re posting photos, once one file has been added if you scroll down a bit I think you can add another (and another)
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby bill1953 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:41 am

Nice project :icon_smile:
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby Starfaun » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:28 pm

Tomorrow, a friend will be dropping off the wood stove we bought - wee! :iconbiggrin: Also, I would be curious to know if anyone would happen to have any experience from working with iron sulfate/copperas/green vitriol? (Which is the most commonly used name, btw? :silent:) Some say to treat the wood when it's in place and some say to treat it in advance... Anyone? :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby dustydave » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:43 am

Hi Starfaun,

Any timber treatment needs to be applied to the finished surface, ie if you cut or drill holes into the treated surface then the wood boring insects and fungies have a way in and can then chew their way through the wood (under the treated area).

I hope that this makes sense.

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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby Starfaun » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:31 pm

dustydave wrote:Any timber treatment needs to be applied to the finished surface, ie if you cut or drill holes into the treated surface then the wood boring insects and fungies have a way in and can then chew their way through the wood (under the treated area).

I hope that this makes sense.

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It does! But you know how it is - everyone says something different and I happened to read somewhere that with iron sulfate you should treat it in advance, but if someone who tried it doesn't advice otherwise, we will just follow "standard procedure" so to speak. :wink:

My little stove was dropped off today and picked up again a few hours later by someone who's going to fix a few things on it. So, of course, I forgot to take a photo... It's a small Husqvarna from the early 1900's with a boiling plate and a small window. Anyone else looking forward to winter?! :iconbiggrin: Probably not.
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby Thomzo » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:41 pm

This is fascinating. Thanks for sharing and please keep the photos coming.

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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby demi » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:08 pm

yes keep us posted ! :)
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby Starfaun » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:42 pm

It's snowing, so no building this weekend, I'm afraid. *Not very happy about that.*

I found a photo of our sauna wagon, though, and while this one hasn't been treated with iron sulfate, this is something like what the outer walls of my hut will look like. I don't know what you think, but I love it! :iconbiggrin:

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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby demi » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:10 pm

is it actually a working portable sauna? :lol: love it! :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby dustydave » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:27 pm

Looks great! – could you also use it as a caravan at weekends? :icon_smile:
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Re: Building a Swedish hermit's hut!

Postby Starfaun » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:57 pm

demi wrote:is it actually a working portable sauna? :lol: love it! :iconbiggrin:


Yes! We pull it down to the lake in the summer. :iconbiggrin:

dustydave wrote:Looks great! – could you also use it as a caravan at weekends? :icon_smile:
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You probably could if you wanted to! The "giant mosquito" is the top of the chimney - I guess I accidentally changed some brightness or contrast settings. :silent:
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