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I'm in the middle of reorganizing a bunch of my hobbies and noticed a have a few that either no longer do, enjoy, or have too much "stuff" accumulating. It's hard to purge the older and currently unused items. Sure, it's just sitting there, but the second you look at it, you remember all the enjoyable times and think to…

I had misplaced my normal cigar lighter and was in the market for a new one. I wanted one that was going to stay in my smoking shed, so I was ok with going larger. I found exactly what I was looking for in this Lotus Cigar lighter. It's big! The first thing I noticed when I opened up the…

New shipment of spouts, used buckets and lids for sap collection, hydrometers and stainless steel testing containers. Aiming for 40 taps this season. My goal is to produce the most, highest quality syrup I can as a hobbyist backyard sugarer, with small hobby type equipment. Is sugarer even a word? If not I like it and will continue to use…

So we may not exactly be Olympic bound, but a few of us neighbors have been getting together and have found enjoyment in this unique cold weather sport. A sport most often thought of when thinking of Canada, than New Hampshire. Yet here we are. It's a perfectly made (to suit our needs) course with 2 x 10" boards making…

Walking down the grocery store isle, a bottle caught my eye. Maple Water. I thought it was interesting as my eyes read the bottle they slowly made their way down the the price tag on the shelf: $2.49 Wow. So what's in this magic bottle of elixir? Ingredients: Maple Water Actually, it went one more step and stated "Organic Maple…

Last year was my first year making maple syrup on my own. I went from volunteering at large sap house, to boiling sap on my back deck in a lobster pot. In short I was starting from scratch and venturing on my own. My next step up, though still lacking my own sugar house, is getting a divided flat pan…

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