(01-06-2013, 06:23 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote: Now are these superinsulated and do you happen to remember if they offer woodstove ready designs? What I'm looking for are off-the-grid ready prefab homes...solar, wind...etc.
When i bought mine I cancelled the insulation Nelson Homes would have sent and insulated it myself. they have 8" walls so yes, you can super insulate, and I blew foam into the ceiling 20" deep. You can always modify to whatever you like with Nelson. For ie, I had a skylight put in the kitchen, a walk out basement and plumbing for an in law suite before the house was put together. They will build the house to your specs based on your choice of floorplan. Adding a wood heater is something that can be done anytime although planning your cabin around your heat source is always the best idea. Oh and build the house over the water well if you can.
That vid too. The darker wood was cut green (the dark color is from mold) and has sat for at least 2 years probably more. The 'lighter' wood was fresh cut and no way to tell if it's green or not, it was just fresh cut when he made the vid. The cracks he talks about are called checks and are the result of dead standing timber not dryness. The darker wood had no checks despite being stacked for (obviously) years. Fir burns dirty and gums your chimney. Pine burns clean and hot but fast, birch is the best, burns clean hot and long, but you can't cut it (in BC at least) poplar burns fast and hot, cedar burns FAST. If you can't get birch get dry pine.