If you were a little slow getting to the ruins and couldn't manage it before winter you can keep warm without wasting or needing to bring as much materials using hutch. Just smack him with a torch and warm up while he burns. He will heal off the damage quickly. The same principle applies with chester but its usually not an issue staying warm above ground.
Mods won't let me post a short clip of the meatball party. Instead I'll just recount how I started on the server around day 1100 as a wes just to look around. After caving awhile on my own and making a self farmed magilum I bumped into the main base and switched into more helpful characters. I ended up spending over 1300 days helping out and I learned a lot of neat things playing with the other regulars. Thanks for the experiences it's been a blast so far.