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  1. Well I know everyone's been holding their...

    Well I know everyone's been holding their breath...the Shack Whacky move was a success and it now sits on a paving-stone slab well away from the house. I do have to get the secateurs and polesaw out...
  2. Thanks Pdiamond, though I doubt there will be...

    Thanks Pdiamond, though I doubt there will be much extra done to the shack once it's moved :-)
  3. I have some friends who will loan me their...

    I have some friends who will loan me their come-along and will probably help when it comes time to move it. Another friend has old planks I can use for runners and old cedar rails which may help for...
  4. I have access to planks approx 2x6in for runners...

    I have access to planks approx 2x6in for runners and I do have 2in pvc pipe. Ground a little uneven but fairly hard, and new location is on a downslope.
  5. Great, good to know about the PVC width. What...

    Great, good to know about the PVC width. What size do you recommend? I was thinking 4in PVC. And pretty sure my friends have a come-along.
  6. From what I know of Freemans, they have only...

    From what I know of Freemans, they have only officially been around and cultivated for about 40-50 yrs. I'll get some shots of my neighbour's Freemans. Generally the trunks look like a red but the...
  7. Hmm actually I think my lengths of PVC or...

    Hmm actually I think my lengths of PVC or whatever I use - I'm hoping someone I know may have some old metal pipe - would have to be the width of the shack as it doesn't have a floor. It's 4 walls...
  8. Maybe you have some naturally occurring hybrids? ...

    Maybe you have some naturally occurring hybrids? That's how the Freeman maple came about, they were originally a wild natural hybrid between a red and a silver. They are a popular yard tree in my...
  9. Hey all, thanks for the feedback. Looks like...

    Hey all, thanks for the feedback. Looks like rollers of some sort will be the best way to go, and I think a friend has suitable 2x6 or close enough. I might even have some PVC pipe though doubt it's...
  10. Need help figuring out how to move a tiny sugar shack

    Hey all I have an 8x10ft sugar shack made of pallets and sheet metal.

    My insurance company is making me move it so it's 50ft from the house. I have a section of property cleared to put it, but...
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    I also have a tiny shack, built of pallets and...

    I also have a tiny shack, built of pallets and sheet metal. Approx 8x10.

    And now I have a little bit of a problem....thanks to my new insurance company I now have to relocate it cause it has to...
  12. Thread: Buttery Syrup

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    I always get vanilla and marshmallow notes in my...

    I always get vanilla and marshmallow notes in my first 2-3 batches of syrup from my all-sugar bush. I've had a couple of late-season batches with molasses/brown sugar to them. One mid-season batch...
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    I preheat the oven to 190 and put the glass jars...

    I preheat the oven to 190 and put the glass jars in for 10 min at the very least. While they sterilize, I slowly bring the syrup up to 185 and pull it off the instant it reaches that. Even so the...
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    Thanks maple flats, I love my sugars :-) and most...

    Thanks maple flats, I love my sugars :-) and most of them are big trees, though my three little 1-spilers in the bush also did their share of the work!
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    ...when you get twitchy cause there hasn't been a...

    ...when you get twitchy cause there hasn't been a new post on MT for 5 days...and sugaring season is 8 months away ;-)
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    From what I can see - what little is visible in...

    From what I can see - what little is visible in the pics - just plain ol niter. Is it really worth pulling from shelves and rebottling? Not to mention having to reheat, use new caps on the bottles...
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    Aww gosh shucks durnit...of course I'll post the...

    Aww gosh shucks durnit...of course I'll post the *class pic* for this year...here ya go, enjoy! NOtice that batch seems to think it's beer and another one will not.clear.up. and so looks like peach...
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    haha Wisers, I'm also concentrating on getting...

    haha Wisers, I'm also concentrating on getting wood in for next year's boiling! Still on the lookout for a cast iron woodstove that doesn't leak heat like a sieve, in case you stumble across one. ...
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    Finally have some figures for my season. If I...

    Finally have some figures for my season. If I count in the 42l I gave to some clients (who made just under 2l with it) I got 628l sap and 30l syrup.

    But if I keep it just to what I collected and...
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    Hey BackCountry, yep you're in the same boat I...

    Hey BackCountry, yep you're in the same boat I was in...lots of great clear sap still coming but also insane amounts more of boiling. How long can your wood, time and energy hold out for is what it...
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    BWAHAHAHAAAAAA...I'm already draggin wood home...

    BWAHAHAHAAAAAA...I'm already draggin wood home for Shack Whacky to burn next year and searching kijiji for a cast iron woodstove in good condition to replace my current one. It just gives off way...
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    There's a first time for everything and today is...

    There's a first time for everything and today is the first time ever in my sugaring life that I pulled spiles while trees were still producing beautiful sap. I still don't like that I had to do it,...
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    I have 75l from today alone and about 20l...

    I have 75l from today alone and about 20l leftover from yesterday that I really want to push through tonight. Been hearing peepers but my sap is still crystal clear and the syrup is pretty dang good...
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    Really? Oh cool! Must try it tonight :-) thanks...

    Really? Oh cool! Must try it tonight :-) thanks Bruce!

    ETA: Tried it on a really gunked-up bottle from last year, and now I can't tell it apart from the brand-new ones. What a great way to get...
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    I got 98.5l in holding tanks outside, the weather...

    I got 98.5l in holding tanks outside, the weather is now crazy warm so I think this will be it. A bunch of spiles have slowed down, some are still quite hot. Guess what I'm spending my weekend...
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