While there are those on the North American continent experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures, Gold Rush star Brennan Ruault is not.
For Brennan, his home in East Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada is covered in snow. The temperatures aren’t forgiving, either. His little farmhouse looks picturesque among the backdrop. Mountains fill in the background. There are also pine trees surrounding the white home with wood fire smoke billowing from the chimney.
Check out the Instagram post and see for yourself. The Gold Rush star seems to love where he lives, that’s for sure.
“Phewwwww,” Ruault’s caption starts. “She’s a crisp one out there! Coffee and fire stoking for this cat!”
For those that have not lived a winter with a wood stove as the only heat source, it’s hard to describe the feeling. On one hand, the constant need for good firewood can be tiring. That’s a lot of chainsaw work, not to mention splitting it after. But, it’s one of the most rewarding things in the world. That heat warms you unlike anything else.
In -22 degree weather that likely takes on an entirely new meaning. At that point, you’re loading up the stove often. So, when Ruault says he is going to be drinking coffee and stoking his fire, that might be all he does today. What a place the Gold Rush star calls home, eh?
Snow and Permafrost Means Less Gold for ‘Gold Rush’ Crews
Now, in case you can’t tell from Brennan’s picture, there’s a reason the Gold Rush crews don’t work during this time of year. The Klondike can get cold. Quickly. So from March to October, the crews do their best to get through as much earth and material as they can and dig up as much gold as possible.
However, there’s always a chance of an early freeze. When that happens, there have to be solutions that teams come up with. Mitch Blaschke and Tyson Lee know how to get things running in case of an early frost.
Any time the sluice or the wash plant get held up, that means missed money. Every minute counts when it comes to meeting these gold quotas. When it comes to an early freeze, there is really only one way to get through the frozen dirt. It slowed their work down by half but that was better than none. They transported dirt that was good to run through until they had enough to kick up a 24-hour run again.
Gold Rush star Parker Schnabel been had to operate a rock truck to get the job done. All hands on deck. Anything to get that gold running through the machines and getting more paydirt loaded into the wash.