How to Build Your Dream Cabin in the Woods: The Ultimate Guide to Building and Maintaining a Backcountry Getaway

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For generations, nature lovers, writers, and sportsmen have found an escape from their day-to-day world in living closer to nature. J. Wayne Fears offers a complete guide to building without the hassle of a construction crew or outrageous costs. This ultimate resource includes photos, blueprints, and diagrams, and covers the steps to constructing the cabin you've always wanted such as:

Selecting a site


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For generations, nature lovers, writers, and sportsmen have found an escape from their day-to-day world in living closer to nature. J. Wayne Fears offers a complete guide to building without the hassle of a construction crew or outrageous costs. This ultimate resource includes photos, blueprints, and diagrams, and covers the steps to constructing the cabin you've always wanted such as:

Selecting a site

Gathering construction materials

Deciding on a design that is right for you-Adirondack shelters, Alaskan trapper's-style cabins, or family-size cabins

Managing your property

Building add-ons such as shooting ranges, an outhouse, or an outside fire ring

Installing cabin security

And more

Now, with How to Build Your Dream Cabin in the Woods, everyone can have the refuge they want-a getaway beside a trout-filled stream, near a bass-laden lake, or by a mountain trail with a breathtaking view.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594479116
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Wayne Fears is a wildlife biologist by training and former editor of Rural Sportsmen magazine. Fears has written more than four thousand articles for the Southern Sportsman Journal, Turkey Call magazine, Great Days Outdoor magazine, Whitetails Unlimited Magazine, and a number of other publications. He built his own log cabin almost seventeen years ago and has been enjoying it ever since. His favorite getaway is an Alaskan trapper's-style cabin on his property in Cross Creek Hollow, Alabama.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Dream-A Cabin in the Woods 1

You are Not the First to Dream 2

The Purpose of This Book 4

Chapter 2 Selecting a Site 7

Solitude, Is It for You? 9

In What Region Do You Want Your Cabin? 10

Buying or Leasing? 11

Should You Have a Partner? 12

Finding Land-Be Patient 13

Searching on Your Own 14

Working with a Real Estate Agent 15

Looking at Property 15

To Buy or Not to Buy? 16

The Cabin Site 18

Closing the Deal 20

Chapter 3 The Look You Want 21

Logs-The Ultimate Building Material 22

Log Siding 23

Board-and-Batten, An Old Favorite 25

Reverse Board-and-Batten 26

Protecting the Exterior 27

Roofing 29

Chapter 4 The Simple Adirondack Shelter 31

The Adirondack as a Cabin 33

Building an Adirondack Shelter 34

Chapter 5 The Alaskan Trapper's-Style Cabin 37

Building a One-Room Trapper's-Style Cabin 37

Adding On 45

More Space 46

A Movable Trapper's-Style Cabin 48

Chapter 6 The Appalachian-Style Cabin 51

Building a Two-Room Appalachian-Style Cabin 52

The Traditional Appalachian-Style Cabin 54

A One-Room Appalachian-Style Cabin 56

Chapter 7 The Family-Size Cabin 61

One Bedroom with Sleeping Loft 63

Large Family Cabin 66

Chapter 8 The Hunting/Fishing Club Cabin 67

Appalachian-Style Hunting/Fishing Cabin 68

Self-Sufficient Hunting/Fishing Cabin 68

Individual Cabins with Group Center 71

Log Cabin Kit for Hunting/Fishing Groups 71

Chapter 9 Building with Log Cabin Kits/Packages 73

Advantages of Log Cabin Kits 73

Disadvantages of Log Cabin Kits 75

Choosing a Log Cabin Kit Company 76

How Much Does A Kit Cost? 77

What a Kit/Package May Include 79

Designs and Floor Plans of Some Popular Log Cabin Kits 81

Log Panel Kits 86

Log Siding Kits 88

Chapter 10 The World's Best Outhouse 89

Building Cross Creek Hollow's Outhouse 89

Maintaining the Outhouse 93

Waterless Composting Toilets 94

Burning Human Waste 96

Options 98

Chapter 11 Keeping the Cabin Warm 99

Fireplace or Stove? 100

The Right Wood Stove for Your Cabin 102

Locating and Installing the Stove 105

Stovepipe Selection and Installation 107

Stove Safety 109

Wood Wisdom 110

Souces of Firewood 111

Splitting, Stacking, and Seasoning 112

Chapter 12 Lighting Options for the Remote Cabin 115

Gas/Diesel Generator 115

Central LP (Propane) Gas System 118

Propane Lantern Light 119

Liquid-Fuel Lighting 122

Battery Lighting 125

Chapter 13 Sleeping Accommodations 127

Chapter l4 The Outside Fire Ring-A Must for Any Cabin 131

Commercial Fire Rings 133

Custom Benches for Your Fire Ring 134

Chapter 15 Cabin Water Supply 139

Types of Wells 139

Springs 141

Creeks, Streams, Lakes, and Rivers 141

Water Pumps 142

Haul It In 142

Making Water Safe 144

Including the Kitchen Sink 145

Chapter 16 Planning the Remote Cabin Kitchen 147

Keeping Perishables Cool 147

Cabin Cooking 148

Propane Camp Stoves 149

Cabin Camp Stove Ovens 150

Cooking on the Wood Stove 150

Fireplace Cooking 151

Moving Outside-The Dutch Oven and Fire Ring 151

Reflector-Oven Baking 154

Bean Hole Cooking 158

Organizing the Kitchen 160

Chapter 17 Cabin Security 163

Securing Your Property 163

A Watchful Eye 165

Foiling Troublemakers 166

Personal Safety 166

Chapter 18 Managing Your Property 169

Put Your Land Management Team Together 169

Road Siting and Development 171

Landscaping Around the Cabin 171

Managing Your Woodlands 172

Wildlife Management 174

Fisheries Management 175

Chapter 19 Develop a Shooting Range Near Your Cabin 177

Planning 177

Layout 178

Developing the Range 179

Standard Operating Procedures 180

Chapter 20 Cabin Living 183

Easy In, Easy Out 183

Biannual Cleanups 184

Pest Control 184

Liability 186

Special Gatherings 187

Time Alone 189

Preparing for Downtime 189

A Cabin Name 192

Appendix 1 Sources 193

Appendix 2 Chain Saw Safety 203

Appendix 3 Ratings for Cabin Firewood 207

Appendix 4 Liability Release Form 209

Appendix 5 Cross Creek Hollow Standard Operating Procedure 211

Appendix 6 Cross Creek Hollow Departure Checklist 213

Appendix 7 Soil Testing the Cabin Yard, Wildlife Food Plot, or Garden 215

Appendix 8 Average Wattage Requirement Guide 217

Index 219

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