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    Me and the wife have a remote cabin about 40 miles N E of Skwentna
    We have a nice cabin on a lake and are planning on moving into it in May 2016.
    We are planning on a lot of things, it is the ones we do not think of that will get us in trouble.
    We have heat, shelter, an outhouse, will put in a root cellar, a small shop, fuel/oil shed, .
    we have water covered, a shower, going to put in some solar panels.
    we have a lot of work to do, will be able to hunt, fish and trap.
    I cannot wait and I think the wife is even more excited than me.
    Any suggestions would be great!!!

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    If you have an EXCITED Wife..........everything else will workout just fine. Any chance she has an EXCITED grandmother that is single.....???
    "Essential......to Prepping for Survival, is to be able to segregate, what you think will happen, from what you hope will happen, from what you fear will happen, from what is happening".

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    • #3
      Originally posted by hinshsd View Post
      Me and the wife have a remote cabin about 40 miles N E of Skwentna
      We have a nice cabin on a lake and are planning on moving into it in May 2016.
      We are planning on a lot of things, it is the ones we do not think of that will get us in trouble.
      We have heat, shelter, an outhouse, will put in a root cellar, a small shop, fuel/oil shed, .
      we have water covered, a shower, going to put in some solar panels.
      we have a lot of work to do, will be able to hunt, fish and trap.
      I cannot wait and I think the wife is even more excited than me.
      Any suggestions would be great!!!
      Are you new to AK? Or are you already a resident?
      I don't know much about your area, but I've flown over it. What is the game situation in your area? Fishing? Are you solely looking to provide food from the land?

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      • #4
        Have been in Alaska 20+ years
        There are a lot of critters to trap and to eat, we also are planning to be able to get into town every other month or so. Good fishing, both trout and salmon.
        We will put in a big garden
        Grew up in Montana hunting fishing and trapping

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hinshsd View Post
          Me and the wife have a remote cabin about 40 miles N E of Skwentna
          .
          Any suggestions would be great!!!
          40 miles N E of Skwentna is the town of Talkeetna. Why don't you just say you cabin is in Talkeetna?

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          • #6
            I apologize, it is NW not NE
            and I believe Talkeetna a lot farther than 40 miles

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            • #7
              Sorry I don't have any practical advice for you, I don't own a remote cabin YET!!

              Sounds great though!! More curious than anything, but do you have any pics of your place? Do you have an airplane for transportation? Is this a retirement situation or another change in lifestyle. Sounds intriguing...

              Actually, I guess I do have one practical piece of advice, I suppose. A friend of mine has a remote cabin off the grid and he has a wind catcher. Just a small one to help trickle charge his batteries. They're not cheap, I think he said 4-7k. Could come in handy if you have wind and/or lack sun. I thought he said there were grants available to help defray the costs too.

              Tim

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              • #8
                It is definitely a change of life. Have had a couple of friends and relatives reach retirement age and die. The wife and I decided that we are young enough to be able to give this a shot so we are.
                I do have some pics, I will get some up on here.

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                  • #10
                    Can't help you much but I say go for it. You live the dream.

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                    • #11
                      In the pictures I do not see any out buildings. One thing you might think about is a out building that is away from the main building that would not burn in case of a cabin fire. In this shed would be a way to heat it and supplies if the cabin should burn in the middle of the night and no way to get help.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Big Bend View Post
                        In the pictures I do not see any out buildings. One thing you might think about is a out building that is away from the main building that would not burn in case of a cabin fire. In this shed would be a way to heat it and supplies if the cabin should burn in the middle of the night and no way to get help.
                        Good advice, I know a guy who had to do just that at - 40 and the middle of the night. Just enough time to grab clothes and run.
                        2007 Kingfisher 2825 - Stor Fisk

                        Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top. -- Hunter S. Thompson

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                        • #13
                          We are going to add a shed /shop that will be heated a chicken coop and a small fuel and generator shed

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hinshsd View Post
                            We are going to add a shed /shop that will be heated a chicken coop and a small fuel and generator shed
                            That's a great idea, as long as you like bear meat. You realized you will have every bear in the area over for chicken dinner. LOL

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                            • #15
                              That is where the Electric fence that is good for 5 miles of fence with several layers of protection around the chickens.

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