The Red Shed Project: Surviving the cold

  Hello and welcome back to the Red Shed. As with most of us real life kicks in and makes everything else take a back seat. I have been busy with all my endeavors and have not posted in awhile. 

  We had a pretty rough winter as did most southern states.  We are not prepared for it. I wanted to take the time to post how I survived the winter in The Red Shed.

  I use propane as my main heating source. If you are considering propane and you use the bbq tanks and one pound cylinders , I would like to share what I have learned.

  First and probably most important is find a propane supplier and not buy from the gas station refill centers. A supplier can refill cheaper and usually you get more pounds per tank. Trust me it will save a bundle. For me it was like getting a third 20 lb tank for about five dollars every third fill up.

  My next advice , and this may not be for everyone, is research and invest in refilling your one pound tanks yourself. This will also save you a bundle. Follow all local and state guidelines.  There are plenty of helpful videos on YouTube. 

  I use a Big Buddy heater with the hose attachment and a twenty pound tank located outside The Red Shed. I use it to heat The Red Shed, heat my water for bathing and occasionally food preparation. I have found propane to be both a safe and affordable option for me.

  The following are a few picture of some of the items I use and my adventures last winter in The Red Shed.

Bun Bun approved the heat source.

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”

” Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” -Matthew 6: 25

The Red Shed Project: Surviving the heat

Hello to all my faithful followers ( which is exactly one LOL Thanks Lisa 👍). Welcome back to the The Red Shed! It has been awhile since my last post. Busy, busy, busy. I thought I would catch my readers up on life in The Red Shed.

Originally I had planned on doing some posts on my solar array, rechargeable batteries and chargers but as the heat is on the top of the priority list I will catch you all up on that topic.

When I moved in The Red Shed late last September 2019, staying cool wasn’t a problem. I did have the foresight to plan for this summer. Some of you may have heard of a ‘swamp cooler’ and that is the option I chose for my air conditioning.

I work in a food distribution warehouse and was able to utilize a lot of resources there. We sometimes get sample products shipped to us in Styrofoam coolers packed in dry ice. I scavenged a few that were to be thrown away as they are one time use only.

We distribute both dry goods and frozen so an unlimited supply of free ice is not a problem. I have a few gallon jugs and two liter bottles that I saved that I use as my ice bank. The two liter bottles were actually scavenged on site from a fellow coworker; Jerry Hill. He never buys anything less than a two liter because he says “Why pay for a 20 oz when you can get a 2 liter for almost the same price?” He drinks about one a day so it did not take long to acquire the bottles and jugs I needed.

Everyday I pack them up and carry them to work and place them in our freezer, bring them home in the morning and stock my ‘swamp cooler’ with them. I have to admit it is a chore but lately my mantra is “do what you can with what you have.” It is a prototype and I intend to build a better one later. If you are looking for ideas on swamp coolers I suggest checking out Pinterest.

The following pictures will give you an idea of my set up. You will see my cat Sage or as I affectionately refer to her as ‘Bun Bun’ giving it her approval. She stays in the big house while I am at work.

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Boxing it up
Freezing it
Stocking the cooler
It works
Bun Bun approved!

Psalm 7:17 KJV

“I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.”

The Red Shed Project: Final thoughts

Glory be to God for giving me the inspiration,courage and determination for such a project. Thanks to my wife and children for their support and patience. I would also like to thank my family at PALMER FOODSERVICE for allowing me such a great opportunity and always letting me know they truly care about their employees.

As I worked to transform this building I also worked to transform my life. I was faced with many trials and will continue to be. I pray to God to keep blessing me and continue to change me into the man I am meant to be.

I have been moved into The Red Shed since September 29 2019 and off the electric grid since October 8 2019. There are plenty of odds and ends to do to The Red Shed but like most projects, it will never be complete. I will be doing something to it for some time. Check back often for updates on The Red Shed Project.

My next project is going to be my solar array and will give details in that blog. I will cover a simple 12 volt battery solar powered array and installation. Purchasing new panels, testing old panels, batteries, maintence and care. I will also cover other topics such as small L.E.D. lighting and rechargeable AA,AAA,C, and D batteries and two different types of chargers and more. So come check me out and maybe together we can learn something. 😂

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The Red Shed project

These are the final stages of the interior. You will see the electric panel and floor progression and completion. And talk about mind blown, I got to the shed one morning and a cicada was going through a transformation as well as the shed and myself! Wow, what a sign to reaffirm that all things change.2 Corinthians 5:17″Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new”.

The Red Shed Project

Pictured here are the final stages of the door. I had originally intended for the panels to be free floating but a couple of days after assembling it ( and a weather change) the door swelled drastically. You can see how it pushed the panel apart. This continued to be a problem after installing. I finally framed the inside of the panel to stop it. I was actually more pleased with the look of the finished door as opposed to how I had originally intended it. I used strap hinges for a more rustic look and the uneveness of the door and jam. The wood was treated with coconut oil. Revelation 3:20″Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with me”.

The Red Shed Project

The door proved to be difficult as I imagined. I assembled it like a ‘sandwhich’ layer by layer. It is three boards thick . I built the two outside layers first then placed shorter boards in the center to create a pocket for the panel boards to be inserted.

John 10:9-11

9) “I am the door, by me if any man enter in,he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundtly.

11) I am the good shepherd: the good sheperd giveth his life for the sheep”.

The Red Shed Project

Pictured here are the final stages of the walls and the ceiling install. You can see the repurposed light that was a tree lamp. It was cut down and used as a salvaged industrial track light. Also pictured is the access hatch to the loft area. I mentioned in a previous post the building was not square and that I did not bring it into square. You can see the variance on the ceiling (it was substantial) but with the help of my Kreg JIG™, I joined two boards together and concealed it well. It is a great tool for odd jobs as well as big projects. I highly recommend it.

1 Samuel 25:6

“And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.”

The Red Shed Project

In these pictures you see the walls nearing completion. The balls of plastic were recycled from my job and used as insulation. The yellow box you see is my homemade electrical panel. It was moved from the front of The Red Shed to a side wall. The Red Shed is powered by solar and a lot of the work done to it was from my cordless tools being charged on that system. I will give more details about the electricity and the solar array in another post or blog. The Red Shed is intended to be a low voltage low amp building and will be marked as such. The wiring was repurposed outlets from my home and extsion cords I had from previous projects. Two of the outlets are two prong only. The building is not to code but is safe.

Hebrews 6:10

“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

The Red Shed Project

Here you see various pictures of the progression of the red shed. I stapled sheets of cardboard to the backer boards before installing the wall boards. I also stuffed used plastic that I salvaged from my job in between the walls for insulation.

Proverbs 10:4

“He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”