How to Heat an Off Grid Log Cabin with Wood, Thermal Imaging Scan (infrared) by My Self Reliance   1 year ago


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Testing the heat loss in my off grid log cabin, I use my infrared thermal imaging camera to take night time photos of the cabin while the woodstove is on, and then again the following morning when the fire is no longer burning. My woodburning stove is not the most efficient for primary heating, so I show exactly how it functions and what I can do to make it more efficient, saving wood and money in the process. It's interesting to see my dog, Cali the Golden Retriever, show up on the thermal image and how cool she is compared to the surrounding walls, table and bed that she's lying on.
The tiny house should be very easy to heat once the pointing (mortar) is done inside and out and I can use what I've learned on this log cabin to help me design and build the other structures on my wilderness homestead. Working and collecting firewood alone is challenging, so I want to maximize the efficiency of each building in order to make this long term off grid survival situation more economically feasible. If I can reduce the amount of fuel needed to heat each off grid building, I can provide all of the energy I need for free from the property. This is going to require the installation of rocket stove (rocket mass heater) to use the wood more efficiently.
I have a few upcoming diy projects that this thermal scan technology will help with - the bread oven, the sauna, the workshop and the maple sugar shack.

Links to Products Used:

Solar LED light bulb 15W

Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw

Copper Fairy lights

Solar String Lights

Banneton 12" round

Lodge Dutch Oven

Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees

Rocksheat baking stone

Mora Knife

Lamp OiI

Wall Lantern (candle lit)

Moka Pot Canada USA

Canon 6D

DJI Mavic Pro

Bragg's Sprinkle

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