While at the cabin, Wes had an important task: to determine how bad a fire's damage had been on one of our free-standing buildings - the sauna. Otherwise known by its Swedish name Bastu.(Why anyone would want to cook themselves until the sweat glands explode and then run into a freezing cold body of water is beyond me, but that's another story!! ) To qoute Yogi Berra, "This is like deja vu all over again," as the Stuga had previously burned down over 25 years ago! In spite of the rules posted on the wall:
Maybe it doesn't really help that the rules are in Swedish? Or that the temperature gauge is actually a meat thermometer?
But the sauna seating risers are sure more comfortable with this old, discarded forest backrest!
Over Labor Day, we got a call from John telling us there had been a fire there. It needed to be determined if the building (specifically the roof) could withstand a winter where snowfall totals can reach the double digits. This is what we found there post-fire:Wes took out the pipes to see if there was blockage, and then took out some of the cedar ceiling around the pipes. By his calculations, the guys put out the fire just in the nick of time...it would have been five minutes until the whole ceiling caught on fire and the building would become unsalvageable.
Guess Wes knows what next summer's fix-it project will be!