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    Default New sugar House build

    Just thought I'd share my progress on my new sugar House. it's a "post and beam" type build. It's all timber cut from the property and sawed up on my father's woodland Mills 126 saw Mill. It's all Eastern white pine. The base is 8x8 and the walls are framed with 6x6. The roof is 2x6 on the main roof and 2x4 on the cupola. The floor and walls are all 1 inch pine boards, some as wide as 18 inches. It's will be board and batten when finished. The outside dimensions are 24x12.
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    I know putting it on blocks isn't the best option but I couldn't pour a slab where it is. The floor is framed with 2x8 as well.

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    Here it is with most of the walls and the rafters done. It's going to be a 7/12 pitch with metal roofing on it. The opening in the front is going to be 2 slide out doors that I got for free at work. I also have a man door on the side you can see. It's a jeldwin steel exterior door I also got at work for $50.

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    Here's the start of the cupola. It's 4 wide by 5 long and 2 feet high. Should be big enough for my 2x4 hybrid and possibly a 2x6 in the future.

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    Here's the entry door. The granite step I found out in the sugar Bush. No idea where or what it came from but it's clearly worn and was used as a step in the past... I thought it was fitting.

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    This is the inside where the arch will go

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    And this is the unfinished cupola

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    This is the entry door side. Mostly will be used for storage and firewood.

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    These are the slide out doors for the front that my lovely wife is painting to match the roof.

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    that's as far as I have gotten so far.... It's almost ready for the roofing at this point. Just need to put up the strapping and put the tin on. Any thoughts, ideas, criticism, or anything else is welcomed.
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    If you don't use a sheet goods or a 1x solid cover deck with a good water proof membrane under the steel roofing it will rain inside as the steam that hits the cold under side of the roofing condenses. Trust me, every drip finds the back of your neck. Either that or use a hood over the pans.
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    Looks very nice, how long did you leave the wood dry after cutting the logs into boards and what process did you use for drying? Thanks
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    My board and batton was nailed on at the most 4 weeks after being sawed. No issues. The batton should only be attached on one side of the joint, the other is free to expand and contract.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
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    Quote Originally Posted by maple flats View Post
    If you don't use a sheet goods or a 1x solid cover deck with a good water proof membrane under the steel roofing it will rain inside as the steam that hits the cold under side of the roofing condenses. Trust me, every drip finds the back of your neck. Either that or use a hood over the pans.
    I was afraid that might be the case with the metal roof. Unfortunately it will have to be a next year thing. I have to finish it up and the mill is put away for the year. It's still 3 steps up from boiling in the open elements!
    Jake
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    115 taps on gast 1550 pulling 25hg on Bernard releaser
    24x12 sugar house
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trapper2 View Post
    Looks very nice, how long did you leave the wood dry after cutting the logs into boards and what process did you use for drying? Thanks
    the big timbers where cut last fall and stacked with 1 inch stickers in between to let them dry. Most of the 1 inch boards were cut this year and some were only a couple weeks old before getting screwed up.
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    115 taps on gast 1550 pulling 25hg on Bernard releaser
    24x12 sugar house
    2019 Kubota L2501 work horse

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    Make sure you place some type of metal plate that will be large enough to go under the evaporator and in front of where to you have the fire box to catch the embers when you load fire wood into it. And make sure you have a fire extinguisher somewhere mounted for easy access. keep a broom and metal dust pan handy to pick up the ember to toss outside or back into the firebox.

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    I was thinking about a couple pieces of cement board under the arch and one on the wall behind it.
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    115 taps on gast 1550 pulling 25hg on Bernard releaser
    24x12 sugar house
    2019 Kubota L2501 work horse

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