Braving The Cold

I am thinking of heading down to Tiny House Ontario for a few days to spend new years there.  I plan to leave after our house guest Oliver is picked up.  Oliver is a King Charles Cavalier spaniel whose family have gone on a trip this year for the holidays.  He is an easy guy to have around because most of his time is spent snoring on the dog bed.

The truth is that I am not looking forward to the drive, but I want to see my niece, sister and brother in law over the holidays.  Violet will only be little for a while, and right now, she changes so much week to week.  It is hard to keep up from 350 km away and I don’t want to miss knowing her.

It will be pig cold at THO but I will set the propane and then go hang out with Violet.  After a couple of hours it will be warm (but propane damp) in the house.  Depending on the delivery of my wood stove it may be the last time I am there before we actually have a proper heating connected.  What I mean is that it is the last time that I will ever really be roughing it in terms of heat.  I can’t say that I am unhappy to leave behind winter glamping.  Honestly, for me, there is nothing, and I mean nothing glamourous about being cold!

I really wish I had the wood stove already – I can’t believe it took me so long to settle on the right one.  I think if it was there I would have spent the whole of Christmas there.  I am even looking forward to getting my chainsaw going and ripping up the firewood for next year.

What do you think?  Does a weekend here look appealing, or just shockingly cold?

THO in an ice cube

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14 thoughts on “Braving The Cold

  1. Elizabeth

    Hey Jim,
    We also live in NC. We live in the Piedmont. Where do you live?

  2. I think it looks charming and snug, the more so with a wood burner inside. Which did you choose? We are beginning planning for our house in the NC mountains.

    • Here is the one I chose. I won’t know until next winter how it works for my tiny house. I will of course write about it.
      Good luck with your place!

  3. Lloyd

    Hello Laura. Your Mini 12 shipped out today! I polished it and packaged it up this morning.
    When it comes to installing it you will need a factory made chimney kit. If you do a search, you will find one in your area. Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any installation questions.
    You didn’t just buy a stove, you bought a GRAY stove. It includes expert advice from the owner.
    Thank you,
    Lloyd Gray

  4. I would wait for the wood strove!

  5. Elizabeth

    Sunny North Carolina follows your blog.

  6. Anonymous

    mmmmhummmmm…~once the home fires are consistently burning, & there’s enough food to keep you for a while…that’s the ticket to the best how to get through the winter formula!

  7. Looks good…!! If you can drive reasonably close to your house….and you don’t have to slide down a hill to the door, you are in good shape….!! (Oh, and have LOTS of supplies stocked..!)

  8. mary

    very much so. Enjoy and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  9. Anonymous

    Looks cold, but as you say, a wood stove would make it as cozy as a bug in a rug!!
    Merry Xmas and a Happy New Years to you.

  10. 2BarA

    I’d go if the roads aren’t too icy. Looks like there’s not too much snow to plough through. I’ve slept
    in a camper van at -18 for several nights. I used two duvets and slept soundly. I’m never cold when
    sleeping. Trouble is, getting up! The porta-pottie seat is pretty cold, too, and the water freezes overnight. If I were to do it again, I would put water and freezable foods in the frig along with a couple
    of containers of boiling water. You could make a fire outside, heat up a large container of sand over
    the fire and bring it indoors where it will emit heat until it cools down. Also, fill a large container with
    water, bring it to a boil, cover it and let it emit heat. The heat will rise to your upstairs bedroom. I’ve
    also used a propane heater but in cold weather the propane lasts only four hours. Once I filled a
    large thermos jug with almost-boiling water, wrapped it in a down vest, and two days later it was still
    warm. These are a few tricks you could try until you get your stove installed. Enjoy the holidays
    and, when midnight arrives, open the door for a few seconds and let the New Year fill THO. This is
    what my Scottish ancestors always did and I still “let the New Year in”, even if it’s really cold here in
    Winnipeg. Happy New Year.

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