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    That is some Yankee ingenuity right there. Used what you had and it looks awesome too. Your syrup is going to be a little sweeter this year boiling in there.
    Nate Hutchins
    Nate & Kate's Maple
    2018 1000 taps?
    20x36 sugarhouse
    CDL 600gph RO
    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

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    Thank you McKenny Maples and n8hutch.

    Iíve often wanted to try building with logs so itís nice to have the chance to give it a go.

    Going to seem luxurious to boil this season.
    2018 Built the sugar shack, produced 10.5 gallons (converted some to sugar,& cream). taps varied 45 to 50
    2017 Built 2x4 arch for a divided pan, 8.5 gallons from 30 taps increased to 42 taps during season.
    2016 Produced 3 gallons & 1 quart Syrup, Block arch & 3 buffet pans, 12 taps
    2015 Thought about tapping

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    Sweet shack. Looks like you could live in it.

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    That really is a beautiful and unique shack. Every time I look at it Im more amazed. There should be a "drooling emogi"! What are the dimensions, if you don't mind me asking, and what size evaporator? Thanks, Ted

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    Also, what will you use to "chink" the walls with? Honestly, if you weren't so far away I'd love to see it in person. Truly impressive! Ted

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    Thanks 3GoatHill, I think living in it would stress out even the tiny home enthusiast.

    Ted, Thank you for the compliments.
    The inside floor space is only 10í by10í. Iím just a hobbyist so this is fine for my 2x4 evaporator.

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    Iíve been experimenting with chinking. The modern chinking they sell with the closed cell foam backer rod gets pretty expensive even for my little shack. Iíve settled on using some EPDM (rubber sort of stuff) roofing scraps that I happen to have a lot of. Iím rolling strips of it up and packing it in between the logs and then using some good caulking to seal it in.
    2018 Built the sugar shack, produced 10.5 gallons (converted some to sugar,& cream). taps varied 45 to 50
    2017 Built 2x4 arch for a divided pan, 8.5 gallons from 30 taps increased to 42 taps during season.
    2016 Produced 3 gallons & 1 quart Syrup, Block arch & 3 buffet pans, 12 taps
    2015 Thought about tapping

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    EPDM should do a great job of keeping the moisture out. Sounds like you are a roofer or know one. What do you plan to put over it to give it that authentic look. Obtw I now have a serious case of envy. That building is awesome and would be a great cover for a magazine with steam rolling out the cupola and a sled pulled by mules out front offloading sap. Happy sugaring.
    Semper Fi,
    BWC

    2016 (1st year) 16 taps; 2 gallons of Amber syrup.
    2017; oil tank evaporator 38 taps. 3.75 gallons of liquid gold
    2018: 46 taps, 6.75 gallons of syrup. Best season

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    Thank you USMCtcol, first for your service to our country and 2nd for the compliments on my shack.

    For the aesthetics of the chinking, after sealing the edges of the EPDM with grey caulking I will follow with a touch-up of grey paint I had mixed up to match the caulking.

    If I run low on smaller scraps of EPDM I'll get some of that closed cell foam pipe insulation to finish. The bigger pieces of EPDM I have work great to cover firewood piles that haven't yet found their way to one of the woodsheds.
    2018 Built the sugar shack, produced 10.5 gallons (converted some to sugar,& cream). taps varied 45 to 50
    2017 Built 2x4 arch for a divided pan, 8.5 gallons from 30 taps increased to 42 taps during season.
    2016 Produced 3 gallons & 1 quart Syrup, Block arch & 3 buffet pans, 12 taps
    2015 Thought about tapping

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    Very nice job on the sugar cabin and I also love that fence.
    I'm starting to regret milling all my logs. Ha ha

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    Chinked enough for now. I'll go over it again next year and do the inside. It's sealed up for now and the windows and door are in.

    I'll put the top section of chimney on and be ready to boil.

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    2018 Built the sugar shack, produced 10.5 gallons (converted some to sugar,& cream). taps varied 45 to 50
    2017 Built 2x4 arch for a divided pan, 8.5 gallons from 30 taps increased to 42 taps during season.
    2016 Produced 3 gallons & 1 quart Syrup, Block arch & 3 buffet pans, 12 taps
    2015 Thought about tapping

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