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#230099 - 08/08/10 08:59 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Zep]
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Zep, thats funny - we had never noticed before but it does look a lot like the shape of Texas.

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#230100 - 08/08/10 09:03 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Omaha]
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Thank you Omaha, I'm glad you enjoyed. I enjoy posting but now that most of the construction is done I don't know if if can keep on with worthwhile posts or not. I guess as long as the number of views keeps climbing it means there is an audience and I'll keep working at it.

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#230187 - 08/09/10 02:59 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Heck yes, keep on posting. It's not about what's being built, it's about how people are enjoying the fruits of their labor.
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#231359 - 08/18/10 08:13 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: esshup]
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Esshup, you are right that enjoying a pond is the most important part of having one. And I think I will always have some smaller projects going - it's a hobby so it's fun to keep on adding features.

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#231363 - 08/18/10 08:26 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Great report, Lyle!
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#231376 - 08/18/10 10:06 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Sunil]
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Lyle, following your construction has been incredible, but watching all the smiles are absolutely priceless!!!

Please keep the fun coming!
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#231517 - 08/19/10 10:00 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Rainman]
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This thread deserves the.....


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#231528 - 08/19/10 11:28 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Greg2010]
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Greg2010, that seal is GREAT!!!
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#231549 - 08/19/10 01:44 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: jeffhasapond]
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That is a great seal, Greg2010.

If we are referring to JHAP, though, we might have to alter it to: "Official Seal of Awkwardness"
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#231614 - 08/19/10 05:38 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Sunil]
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OH SNAP!!!

I'm not even going to ask what the hand would be doing in the seal.


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#231618 - 08/19/10 05:56 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: jeffhasapond]
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it would be holding Tom G's toothbrush
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#231619 - 08/19/10 05:59 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Brettski]
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Or making the Spock sign.
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#231685 - 08/20/10 08:43 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Rainman]
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Thanks Rainman, thanks Sunil, I appreciate.


Edited by Lyle Krehbiel (08/20/10 08:44 AM)

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#231686 - 08/20/10 08:46 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Greg2010]
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Thanks Greg and "ah shucks".

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#234670 - 09/14/10 07:48 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Last Major Cabin Project - I don't think we will ever say that the cabin is "done" but this week we are doing the last major project to finish the cabin. We built and have used the inside fireplace for two years now but have not applied the stone facade to the fireplace and nearby wall.

Originally I was going to build a stone facade myself using limestone uncovered from our building projects here on the farm. I think that would have been very cool but ran out of ambition. So we bought limestone from a quarry in Kansas and this past spring did the outside fireplace and counters. Our builder/carpenter Mike (he built the entire cabin) decided that he could become a stone mason and he did a great job. Since we liked how the outside turned out we decided to do the inside the same way. So this week Mike is adding the limestone facade to the inside.

For the last two years it has looked like this.


And today it looks like this.


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#234671 - 09/14/10 08:14 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Lyle,
Can you take a few pics and a couple of paragraphs (or more, please) to walk us thru the details of the fireplace construction, products used, good decisions, bad decisions, and what-not?
Thanks again for bringin' us along on such a great project.
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#234709 - 09/15/10 08:13 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Brettski]
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Originally Posted By: Brettski
Lyle,
Can you take a few pics and a couple of paragraphs (or more, please) to walk us thru the details of the fireplace construction, products used, good decisions, bad decisions, and what-not?
Thanks again for bringin' us along on such a great project.


I second brettski, I thinking of someday doing the outside fireplace off of a deck and a few more detials would really help. Also, I assuming the wall the indoor fireplace is on is constructed with noncombustible materials
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#234768 - 09/15/10 07:20 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: lassig]
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We are extremely happy with our fireplaces. We heat the cabin only with the fireplace. My wife Terry and I spent last New Year's weekend at the cabin, the wind chill was below zero night and day, and we were quite comfortable. We burn hedge, a very hot burning wood, and we build really big fires when it's cold.

The fireplaces are large and can handle big fires with intense heat. The company is called "Firerock" and can be viewed at http://www.firerock.us/. Scott found them on the internet and we had a local dealer. Turned out the dealer was an old friend I hadn't seen in years - he and I coached a basketball team together for the 6th and 7th grade years.

The fireplaces came as kits of precast concrete sections. Building the fireplace was pretty easy, you just use the mortar they provide and stack the pieces. Then you have to firebrick the burning chamber. The chimney can be either precast pieces or sheet metal. We used sheet metal and following specs the diameter is quite large. The fireplace needed to have a minimum of one inch airspace to any combustible. The walls on the sides are of combustible material.

They draw great and really put out the heat. Of their several types we bought the Rumford Type and would do exactly the same thing again. Only one regret, on the inside one we chickened out on adding the last stack to make the firebox higher thinking it might look funny. We could get a bit more heat out of it if we had made it full height.

First we did a dry-stack for practice. The firebox is two sections taller than we dry-stacked.


Building the outside fireplace.


A medium size fire. We could have added one more stack to the inside fireplace and then the firebox would have been 8" taller. We built the outside one full height.



Edited by Lyle Krehbiel (09/15/10 07:23 PM)

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#234776 - 09/15/10 08:47 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Lyle,

Fantastic place! I've been glued to the updates - much appreciated. I also wanted to thank you for the link to Firerock. I'm debating building an outdoor unit next year to enjoy as well, and wanted to find a local dealer to get the ball rolling.

Again - awesome place!
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#234796 - 09/15/10 10:50 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: rcooked]
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Lyle, neat website and you guys are doing well.
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#234818 - 09/16/10 06:17 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Dave Davidson1]
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Lyle,

Thanks for the picture on the outside fireplace. So you built it on a solid concrete foundation. Thanks again.
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#234845 - 09/16/10 09:27 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: lassig]
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Thanks for the kind comments. And Lassig, the fireplaces do weigh a lot so they need to be built on a very strong base. For the outside place we put the base in place when we built the foundation.

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#236248 - 09/30/10 09:05 AM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Scott, Jack, Tom, and I spent last Saturday night and Sunday at the farm. It's kinna neat how the boys get back to the basics at the farm.



Planted my first garden at the farm last spring. It was the first spring I hadn't been overwhelmed with other projects. Tomatoes and basil and they turned out OK.



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#237175 - 10/08/10 04:08 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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Finished the stone work for the indoor fireplace. We're very happy with how it turned out. That was last big project in building the cabin, so I'm going to say the 1.0 version of the cabin is done. Here are the before and after of the fireplace.





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#237176 - 10/08/10 04:11 PM Re: Family Farm [Re: Lyle Krehbiel]
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That looks wonderful. Wow. Very nice.
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