Monthly Archives January 2018

Decided to watch the State of the Union out in my smoking shed, with a new batch of cigars that came in. I had a box of Arturo Fuente Anejo cigars - Torpedos. I have a love for the torpedos because I can easily control the flow by how I cut the end. A small snip, or a larger cut. I started with a smaller snip in the back as I always do, but the draw will a little harder than I prefer, so I opened it up a bit more and the draw was perfect. The cigar was extremely smooth for a medium to full bodied cigar. More medium bodied. Some darker notes could be tasted in this particular…

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 yourself: "I should do that again!". So you keep the said item. Yet, time is a luxury you can buy any more of. I can only do so much in a weekend, or even year. I don't need the money, but I also don't need the items taking up so much space. I look at the extra drones sitting around.…

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 top is a large 4 jet burner for lighting cigars. Flip out the bottom and you have a two different sized hole punch for cigars But there's more than that... On the side is a very sharp cutter So it cuts cigars in multiple different ways, it lights with ease, is there anything else that this thing can do? Of…

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 it.

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 the outline, a liner to hold the water and PVC piping cut just right to act as bumpers going around the perimeter of the course. With coffee in hand and brooms in the other - though the brooms did little more than make us look and feel good brushing the ice, but did little for actually helping the "stones" we…

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 Water". I'll rant about organic being another day. Similar to a company telling me that my cane sugar is gluten free... Oh look, the maple water is gluten free also! Another day... Another day... I cracked open the bottle and had a taste. Upon the first taste, my assumption was that this is not sap direct out of a tree,…

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 that I can use on a double outdoor burner. It's basically custom made for what I'm doing. 36" x 16" - which will fit perfectly on an outdoor double burner. I even had a custom made sap pre-heater which fits perfectly inside! This will allow me to boil off 3 to 4 gallons of sap per hour. Doesn't sound like…

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