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    Quote Originally Posted by erunkiswldrnssurvival View Post
    yes I did, and i worked out a cool project to demonstrate the benefit of having enough pine,sap.I may add in some mixtures and thier uses. that may be informative.
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    Can you tap pines in the summer and fall as well or just in the spring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeman View Post
    Can you tap pines in the summer and fall as well or just in the spring?
    spring is the best time. cold weather slows down the flow of sap.
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    awe never mind I thought it said trap a pine tree, I was gonna ask if you really need lessons in that.
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    I bet if you took a plastic bottle, cut out a crescent-shaped piece with flaps, you could make a sort of lip, nail it to the tree, and hang your bucket under the plastic lip, making sure to get all the sap.

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    That would work good. i think that just one angled slash would work better also, when the tree seals up, I just cut the cambium and sap wood a little higher causing it to bleed> the volume is less but i can use the tree for months, so at the end i get way more sap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erunkiswldrnssurvival View Post
    4 i use it to make chewing gum
    The first thing I thought of when I saw that was chewing tar. That pine sap is some pretty rough stuff, its almost like a super glue that never dries. Which can make it good for some purposes.

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    For the chewing gum, magnolia bark extract is used to flavor spearmint gum. The buds and twigs smell like it to. I don't know how to process it and all that but its an idea.
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    i like that . some of the techniques include for flavoring is to crush green plants and put the food you want to flavor in with it in a bag and let them dry out togather. ths scent and flavor will be added to your food.
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    I was hunting last week and spotted a damaged pine tree across the way. I noticed big orange stalagtites hanging from the tree at the point where it was burned (assuming a controlled burn was implemented). I had only a snack wrapper to put it in but I harvested all I could from the already damaged tree.

    Perhaps it's too "dirty" or old, but I can't get this stuff to burn. I tried several different wicks, punk wood, true tinder fungus, twine, fatlighter "matches", cotton wick.. all sorts of things but nothing worked.
    How do I get this stuff to burn? What do you use for wick material?

    I'd also like to get your gum recipe trapper jack. My dad said I could tap all the pine trees on his property if I wanted, but I'm gonna stick to the ones that are already damaged.

    at this point I'm thinking tallow is a more dependable fuel but I know that just isn't true. Please help!
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    well.. i want to post a pic of what I got, but photobucket is acting stupid this morning... pics to come (sorry!)
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    sorry about that.. my connection must be soggy from all the rain.
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    I collected some sap back in the spring. I placed it in a small pot and melted it or rather boiled it. I haven't tried burning it yet, but will give it a go and get back to you YCC.

    Edit- You might also try a more porous wick. I just noticed how you had it set up. Missed that on first glance.
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    Thanks CS. I'd like to know what you find. I tried a few things, but none of them would burn more than a few minutes even if you kept adding sap.. I'm thinking it was the old sap not workin like fresh would.
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    One possibility is that it was already present when the fire occurred. If that's the case, the heat could have driven off some or all of the turpenes and what you're left with is a state of near amber referred to as copal. Copal is actually between a resin and amber.

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    that right there is why he's Minister of Science for Free Traxistan people, yep. Number 1 answer Richard, keep up the good work.
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    Well, since that's the case - mix a little gasoline with it and see if......

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