It has been a long process of first getting permission from the Tribe to build on their land, waiting for good weather, gathering and buying all the materials needed, building it (with the help of LA), and it has all culminated into exactly what I’ve been waiting for, a finished maqii (steam bath house) that is ready to use!
After receiving my stove kit in the mail from Amazon (aka: that damn website that takes all our money), I took a ride down to the dump to look for a good 55 gallon barrel to use for my stove. After cutting the holes in the barrel and installing the stove kit, I burned it out to remove the oil residue from the inside and burn the paint off the outside.
After welding some angle iron onto the sides of the barrel to hold the rocks, I put it in and set the chimney in place.
I waited until I had the stove inside the hot room before I finished closing it in. I didn’t want to buy any more plywood to finish the inside, so we took apart some old pallets and used those. I’ve still got some trim work with driftwood to finish but there’s no rush on that. And let me just say, trying to do trim work with a chainsaw is, well,
horrible. Disastrous. Rustic. Very rustic.
Yesterday evening was the big moment. Time to build a fire and see if all the work paid off. And boy, did it ever! Not only therapeutic, it’s also the cleanest you’ll ever feel. And another added benefit of doing it right before bed is that you’ll sleep like a drunk coma patient.
A few days ago I was out commercial fishing with Andy. While we were at the fish tender waiting to get fuel, Boya and Francis pulled up with a surprise. They’d caught a baby seal in their net. After gassing up their boat, they turned it loose after they drove out past everyone’s nets so it wouldn’t get caught again.