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Propane system is complete!

Sunday, January 9th, 2011:

We installed and hooked up the propane 2-burner RV stove today, pressure-tested the entire gas system one more time, and took it all for a test run. Lit the stove burners, and finally got to light the marine boat heater! All work just fine, the stove cranks out the heat and the boat heater really got the tiny house quite toasty.

Also put some work into the closets, food storage pantry, and book shelves/kitchen shelving unit.

We are SO very grateful to Bob Coulson for all of the time and careful effort he’s put into the propane gas system in the tiny house. Thanks as well to Hunter Coulson for his continued work on this project with us. You guys are great!

Gas, Tongue Oil & Steel.

Friday, December 31st, 2010: NEW YEARS EVE!

Hooked the low pressure regulator up to the propane tank and charged the gas system to check for leaks. Painted bubble solution onto all of the fittings and then looked for bubbles to form. The system checked out and is good to go!

Before kicking off our 6th annual New Year’s Eve gathering, we put some time into finishing the surface of the knotty pine interior walls. Many hands pitched in as friends began arriving for the evening, making the work quick!

To finish the interior walls, we are using tongue oil, rubbing it into the wood by hand with rags. We choose to use tongue oil as opposed to other wood-finishing products -such as polyurethane- to remain consistant in our desire to avoid petroleum-based materials in this project.

This traditional wood finishing oil is typically diluted with solvents, such as turpentine or other chemicals, but Gabby was able to find a jug of 100% pure tongue oil without any additives for our project. It produced a beautiful effect on the knotty pine, keeping the wood very light and delicate in color, but really allowing the grain to pop out. The oil will harden to a tough finish, and should keep our interior well protected.

As the evening festivities began Ed Cler arrived with our stainless steel countertops and shower pieces! Eddie designed and produced these items for us through his family’s business, Paul’s Machine and Welding Corp. in Villa Grove, IL. They look amazing, and we are excited to see them installed. Thanks Eddie!

Many thanks to Bob Coulson, Hunter Coulson, and Gail Close for their help with the gas line! As well, we are extremely grateful to Emma O’Brien, Kyle Klues, Jen Rheinecker, Josiah Redwood Garvey, Lindsay Rathnow, and Ryan from New Mexico for braving slimy hands to help us apply the tongue oil!

Gas line!

Sunday, December 26th, 2010:

The tiny house will have two propane appliances, a small two-burner stove for cooking and a small boat furnace to provide heat during the colder parts of the year.

To service these appliances, we installed flexible copper gas line, 1/2″ copper that will run from two medium sized outdoor BBQ style propane tanks into the house, and 3/8″ copper that then feeds each of the appliances.

We utilized a specialized low-pressure regulator coming off of the tanks to provide the correct gas pressure to the appliances. If a normal BBQ grill regulator is used, the appliances will get too much gas pressure and will be problematic. A shut-off valve was installed inside the kitchen as a precautionary measure.

We got a lot of help planning out how to get the propane from the tanks to the copper line in the house and wrapping our heads around the proper regulator needed in an RV application from Marvin at Kamper’s Supply in Carterville, IL. These folks have been fantastic in filling in the gaps in our knowledge on the RV side of the tiny house construction needs. They’ve been instrumental in getting us the proper supplies for gas and electrical service, and gray water discharge and collection. Can’t recommend them highly enough!

As we knew this was a very particular part of the construction process with very real consequences if done improperly, we needed someone with specialized knowledge and experience with gas lines to help with the installation. Every brass fitting needed to be placed exactly, and every bend in the line done with care. Many, MANY thanks to Bob Coulson for the days of planning leading up to this project, and for working 9 hours straight getting this line in safely for us. We are so very grateful!

More thanks go out to Eric Brennan for helping figure out how to install the boat furnace and to Hunter Coulson for putting in a long day helping stuff wool insulation, putting pipes together, nailing up knotty pine, and taking great photos of the work…

Beginning the gas line installation.

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010:

Formulating plans and organizing the many fittings that we’ll need to run the 1/2″ and 3/8″ flexible copper gas lines for the propane stove and boat heater.

A huge Thank You to Bob Coulson for his help with this particularly important part of the project. This is an area where we really need to get it right, as we’re dealing with explosive gas in a really tiny space! THANKS DAD!

Propane Heater!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010:

Our propane boat heater has arrived! This is one of the design features of the Tumbleweed Tiny Houses that really caught our eye when first looking into them. Really sharp looking way to efficiently heat these little places.

This is the Newport P-9000 by Dickson Marine, made in Canada. It is billed as a marine boat heater, but is what Tumbleweed is recommending for their tiny houses. We’re excited to see this installed!

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