For months we have been fighting a losing battle with mud around the entrances to the prototypes. But two nights ago my brother-in-law showed up with a dump truck full of 3/4" gravel. Jen and I had spent a few hours gathering stone from around the property in order to create a perimeter, everything being "dry laid". It was fun dirty work and we are quite pleased with the results. No more mud and less of a step up into both containers. Plus it looks pretty cool too. As the stone settles we will have to make adjustments and see to it that things stay relatively level. And if we get bored of the patterns its easy to modify. Initially we just planned on having a 10' x 10' area but with so much gravel now at our disposal it was decided to try and connect the patio with the fire pit with a short foot path. For now I think its going to work great!
Our friend Terry over at containerist.com has interviewed the crew at ArkHaus and included our Q&A discussion on our container house on his website. Check it out!
here is a direct link to the Q&A section:
The marine diesel stove is installed and fully operational! As of this writing it has been running for approximately 24 hours non-stop and still going strong, consuming 3/4 of the 2.5 gallon tank we have hooked up to it. We are still in the process of setting up the two tank system for this stove, once that is in it will be a simple matter of starting the stove with regular diesel then once its warmed up switching over to waste vegetable oil. And ARK160A has yet to be fully insulated but the stove is doing a great job keeping it warm inside. We're going to be very thankful for its steady (and CHEAP) heat while trying to finish the interior.
Jen has started painting in the studio and has completed a cool blue owl who's taken roost on our window sill! She's going to be adding a "store" to our website where you will be able to purchase her artwork and other Arkhaus Initiative merchandise! Stay tuned!