Friday, March 1, 2019

Condensation in the Cabin

The extended periods of -30 degree weather played havoc here at the homestead.

The most egregious issue was around the chimney.  Inside my little attic chimney room, the air must have been extremely cold, and when moisture infiltrated from the cabin itself, it froze within the rock wool insulation.  Once temperatures warmed up to a more balmy twenty below, that moisture condensed and ran back down the chimney and onto the woodstove.  I set up an aluminum foil "trough" to direct the water into a stock pot on the stovetop, but it still stained the wood around the chimney, and has given me another attic project for this summer - try to seal it up more vapour tight than it already is.

Looks fine from above.
Not so much from below.

My fancy indoor eave's trough.


Very frosty window!

Ugh, more water issues.

I really need to frame this door properly, look at that frosty buildup!

Gaps like this sure don't help the situation!

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