S5E2 - North Woods Dave Builds a Custom Wheel House
In this episode of the hard water fishing show we talk to North Woods Dave from Nunya lake about his custom wheel house build. Its green and its green. Jason tries to tell us that bud light is a old man beer, and fails. Jason east a ice oatmeal cookie from the iced oatmeal cookie dispenser and does not die.
In reader questions Jason decides that Steele Reserve is the best tall boy gas station beer. And we decide that you can go from couch to ice fishing for less than the price of a video game.
Gear Clam Lock Hub Accessories
Clam Lock Accessories for your hub shack. You put an adapter on your clam, and put this rod holder or cup holder. This can be a problem in a hub when the hole is slushy. I saw these used to mount accessories on a snow dog also. The price of these seemed pretty reasonable. These can be used on your hub shack or anywhere you can mount them for accessories in your shack.
A small custom lure maker of plastics. They have many colors and are scent infused. I thought they look like a caterpillar, but you have to break each one and use on a tungsten jig.
Rescue your ATV when it goes through the ice https://arcticanchor.com/ . Jason Reminds our listeners to put something over the top of the line when winching, for safety to keep it from snapping back at the vehicle.Matts Off Road Recovery Rope
Here is the Matt's off road recovery rope we spoke about, its a great Youtube channel and a great way to get unstuck https://mattsoffroadrecovery.com/collections/recovery-gear/products/matts-recovery-ropeBuddy Flex Heater
We have not tried this, but you can cook and heat your shack. I like other buddy products. Tell us if you like it. https://amzn.to/3BFUqbP
Topic - The 2000 yard ice shack Green Shack
North woods Dave sheds some light on building his custom wheel house, from purchasing a donor ice shack, modifying the frame and building it back up to a functional wheel house. He was able to upcycle and build this for much less than the cost of a new ice castle.
Prior to the build Dave had a converted camper that sat 12 feet ooops I mean 12 inches off the ice and put plywood around the shack. But he needed an upgrade.
The projected started with a dilapidated ice shack on Facebook for sale. The ice house was junk, the walls were rotten but the frame was decent. The shack had good bones, spine or feet to build on. Tore the shack down to the frame and converted it from a 8x18 to a 6x14 to save weight and meet his needs. The weight savings will enable it to be pulled by a wheeler on skinny ice.
After the frame was in place the base was built with green treat plywood, The floor is screwed and glued. On top of the plywood is recycled/upcycled 2x2 carpet squares and carpet that was "borrowed" for the flooring. Jeff questioned the choice of carpet, as he prefers rubber floor. But the carpet was free and also worries about a slick floor with vinyl.
The walls were made of 2x3 they are the goldilocks of studs. 2x4 was to heavy, 2x2 was to light so 2x3 were perfect. If he was Ole he would have used steel studs. Windows are sliders on all sides so see your tip-ups. The exterior is made of steel siding for a pole barn. The door is a regular exterior house door.
The shack is wired to run 12 volt or 120 for tv's.
The insulation was made of spray foam, that gives up to 60 percent more rigidity to the shack. The foam also does not suck up moisture. Dave does not want to test if it floats.
The inside was finished with cedar that was recycled from a porch found on Facebook. Cedar was used because it does not shrink and expand
Also built was a tow dolly to tow the rig behind a four wheeler during early ice.
Heat is provided by a vent less heater.
Things to remember
- layout is really important, make sure to get that right and plan ahead.
A legend from the book Classic Minnesota Fishing Stories by Joe Fellegy. https://amzn.to/3whtHkR He is also in the fishing hall of fame, you can find out more here https://www.fishinghalloffamemn.com/hall-of-famers/joe-fellegy/
The legend was about Jerry Fuller of Park Rapids who had one of the longest running fishing contests in Minnesota. It was about a fisherman who put rocks in a fish to make it weigh more in an attempt to win the context.
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