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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 09 11:51 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

but the local wood chip supplier is the cheapest

Rob R



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 09 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mushy furniture, nice

gom



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 09 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
i recon i need a layer of straw or better still chipped wood under the groundsheet to give a smoothish floor and need to dig a drain (moat)a few feet out from the walls as even the dry bits are quite prone to puddles


I have a campsite on which we have tents pitched all season for renting out.

We find that it gets very squishy wherever there is heavy foot traffic, so now we lay terram on the pitch first, with pine bark laid over that, with pallets laid on the tent footprint and outside the tent entrance (good quality printers pallets with the legs knocked off, screwed onto round fence posts to keep them off the ground thus avoiding rotting).

It all works a treat.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 09 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gom, what sort of tent do you use, for all year occupation? And do you have a stove in them?

(I am just ASKING, okay, Judith, Pookie, Mochyn!)

Fee



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 09 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A bookshelf.

gom



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
gom, what sort of tent do you use, for all year occupation? And do you have a stove in them?

(I am just ASKING, okay, Judith, Pookie, Mochyn!)


The season isn't all year, just April to end Sept. Using polyester tents at the mo but they are not up to it, the UV is doing them in after 3 months - tears appear etc. Crap really.
So now I am buying canvas, which should hold up much better, including a rather nice Lavvu, a Bison Tundra 4, which has a cotton/polyester mix.
The Lavvu is my personal tent and I do have open fires in it, it will take a stove but I transport my kit on a motorcycle so no space for that. Check out the Bison range, the Tundra 8 and above would be perfect for 'permanent occupation.
I don't let the punters have stoves in tent, but I do give them fire pits for outside use.
A bell tent will take a stove no problem (but not an open fire), Canvas and Cast look to have some quite superior models. Bell Tent UK is the same tent as Obelink.

Chez



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 09 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you, I will go and do some googling.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 09 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the earth from the moat leveled the footprint ,i covered that with 4inches of bark chips and put it up ,woodland scrim to blend in .
ok.next for fitting out .
i recon an 8x4 ply under the 6'x3'x4"sandstone slab will make a good burner stand and storage heater (chick warmer ),rugs/ carpet will protect the zip on ground sheet from sparks n sharps
the porch floor needs thought but pallets are my friends and i have a big rubber mud mat for outside

im knackered but happy so far

ps the electric fence is up but needs adjustments to make it dog friendly and easy for me to get through but im moo resistant ,i recon moos and tents gets messy

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 09 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oak bed with legs (underspace ) and 2 draw units or pine bed with under draws buit in ?
im daft ,no contest

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 09 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bed ,big rug ,big cast iron pan ,sit on 250 ltre storage boxes ,chopping board ,led light strips and inverter for pooter
from stores nice axe ,toasting fork ,poker ,ash pan
what have i missed for winter

gil
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 09 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

More rugs / blankets; hot water bottles [or dogs, I guess].
How about insulation / curtains round the bed [fourposter / box bed stylee] ?

I'm a wimp these days....

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 09 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

blankets got for low level lining of inner tent
the hottie bottle thing made me think warming pan ,thanks
maybe a granite stone would be safer but hot thing in the bed would be good
wood pile is next major job
planning for winter is odd in summer but needs must

gil
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 09 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When I say hot water bottle, I mean a china pig, not a rubber thing. Though you probably haven't got an oven to heat one up in.
Safer than a warming pan.

Woodpile is essential

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 09 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i know the fella ,solid pottery with a bung
that would work well with the water heater on the woodburner
rug sorted
storage boxes with seat cushions sorted as are materials for fence agin chooks pigs n moos ,im not worried bout burglers but 13c piglets could be messy
fry pan ,big pan ,chopping board, toasting fork ,axe done
it is hard to predict what is really needed but so far im trying to cover the essentials
12v/inverter and dongle for interweb thing and 2 12v led strips for light

it gets odd ,what do i need to keep the 12v batteries full (got 240 charger but off grid would be ace) .we have wind ,the local water is static ,we have enough sun to run a small leccy fence on about a foot square of pv panels but pooter ,lights and recharge 1.5 v for torches etc is a bit hungry
there is mains but

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 09 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ordered a 3 pint one from ebay ,pnp was 150% of price though but warm feet for 16 quid seems good
thanks gil

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