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    Folks,
    Good thread! I am considering insulating my back room (kitchen area) in the sugarhouse. Its about 12 x 16 ish. I would like to make my value added products in a more warm environment at this time of the year. I should use the R-tech foam board material and then cover with steel liner panels in a cream color (like male cream or candy!). I have just added a propane heater this fall in that area, and it is about the right size to heat the room. Just takes time and dollars! Sure would be nice though! That area could use a upgrade as the building is now 20 years old and has just been used not improved. Maybe writing this down will get me going on it? I did put 2 inch R-tech on the ceiling. But the right way to do it would be to put steel on there now.
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    Its nice to have good cold weather again in Yankee country.

    Hopefully this nice weather we are havin will git a lot of people movin down to Rebel country so its not so darn crowdid up here in Yankee country.
    If you think it's easy to make good money in maple syrup .... then your obviously good at stealing somebody's Maple Syrup.

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    I found that the plumbing and heating supply houses that make insulated duct work always have cutoffs. Sometimes these "waste" pieces are 4'x4' and larger but the key word being "waste". They throw this stuff away or are glad when you take it off there hands. I have insulated my sugar shack and pump house for the cost of a pint of maple syrup. Oh, and the guy that I gave the syrup to has become a regular customer.
    Matt,
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    Quote Originally Posted by minehart gap View Post
    . ....I have insulated my sugar shack and pump house for the cost of a pint of maple syrup. Oh, and the guy that I gave the syrup to has become a regular customer.
    Smart sugar maker!
    John Allin

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