My last post about syruping included a few photos of the cinder block fireplace we built in 2011 for boiling down the sap that we collect from maple trees in our neighborhood. When we built our current fireplace a week later, I took more extensive photos. We changed our fireplace a little this year; we change it every year because we innovate, substitute, forget. The biggest change this year was that we swapped out our chimney bricks because our old ones were too broken to use anymore. Bricks crack in the heat sometimes so it is good to have extra cinder blocks lying around. Anyway, do not think of this as a blueprint for fireplace building, but guidelines, or a source of inspiration. Read the last post for a more complete description of syruping.