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This is one of those shelter design ideas that sounded good in theory and problematic in practice. Few such projects become a reality, making this timber-framed retreat a rare (but hopefully safe) exception … so far, so good, as it does not appear to have burned down (yet).

One would think that the whole place could catch fire, but apparently there is enough distance within the dwelling (and between it and other structures) to make it work. As the winter wanes, so does the supply of burnable logs – the walls slowly open up and let in more light, reducing the protection needed in otherwise cold Canadian climates.