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  1. It's always hard to hold off right now, but I'm...

    It's always hard to hold off right now, but I'm holding off. I'm all on buckets, and if I tapped now I would lose out on the great runs I always get in mid march. Not sure if I'd really be trading...
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    Great video! I think two years is what I've read...

    Great video! I think two years is what I've read if bottled in plastic. In glass it should last decades!

    Did I hear your daughter say you have twelve trees and 40 taps? That's a lot of taps per...
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    If I'm seeing it right, it looks like there's no...

    If I'm seeing it right, it looks like there's no firebrick or insulation. When you get the fire really ripping with the blower on, the arch must be glowing pretty good, and you (and kids/dogs) would...
  4. Yes, a tree is a big block of wood. The nights...

    Yes, a tree is a big block of wood. The nights are still very long. You have about 9 1/2 hours of sun right now in Nebraska. After cooling that big block of wood down for 13 hours overnight, and...
  5. My only thoughts are: brilliant, and beautifully...

    My only thoughts are: brilliant, and beautifully made.

    When you run out of sap you'll need to pour in water to keep it from warping from the heat if your rig is still hot. But I assume this is...
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    When I inquired about an evaporator from Bill on...

    When I inquired about an evaporator from Bill on November 1, he said probably March or April with his current backlog.
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    So yours is *not* an XL, right? And the 2x3 XL...

    So yours is *not* an XL, right? And the 2x3 XL is stepped up on the back, right? The bricking for that one would then be different from yours.

    Thanks!
  8. Great info here! I'm in a similar boat to the...

    Great info here! I'm in a similar boat to the original poster. Like him, I've always batch boiled before, and this will be my first season with a divided pan. Like him, too, I'll only be boiling...
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    From the photos on the website, it looks like the...

    From the photos on the website, it looks like the evaporator is stepped up in the back half. But yours clearly is not. I'm wondering if that's a difference between standard and XL?
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    Thanks! Is this the 2x3 XL or the regular 2x3? ...

    Thanks! Is this the 2x3 XL or the regular 2x3? I'm not sure if there's actually a difference in the firebox, as I've never seen either in person.
  11. Just from looking around online, it sure looks...

    Just from looking around online, it sure looks like a Freemans to me. Here's a pic. Middle one looks just like yours to me: ...
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    I tapped a big silver maple in my yard this year,...

    I tapped a big silver maple in my yard this year, and boiled the sap separately from the sap from my main sugarbush. Syrup tastes like artificial butter popcorn. Like overly-buttery. I don't like...
  13. Usually when I do maple nuts, I have to stir...

    Usually when I do maple nuts, I have to stir really hard, and sometimes for quite a while, to get the syrup to harden. If I did this with popcorn instead of nuts the popcorn would be broken up into...
  14. Also, maple nuts have only two ingredients, and...

    Also, maple nuts have only two ingredients, and they're fantastic!
  15. Ingredients: - Plain yogurt - Maple syrup -...

    Ingredients:
    - Plain yogurt
    - Maple syrup
    - Good nutty granola

    Instructions (ha!):
    - Mix syrup into yogurt
    - Sprinkle the granola on top

    Yum!
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    It stands to reason that a wholesaler would want...

    It stands to reason that a wholesaler would want a product that is consistent, first and foremost.

    The rest of us want the best product we can make, or at least the best we can make within the...
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    Could you say more? I've not heard of this. ...

    Could you say more? I've not heard of this. What do you do with the shims?
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    The whole issue of aluminum being a nueutotoxin...

    The whole issue of aluminum being a nueutotoxin is a red herring. The fact is that aluminum, unlike stainless, very quickly oxidizes, forming a thin surface on the pan. Boiling something acidic...
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    I just made my last batch of the season (in the...

    I just made my last batch of the season (in the foothills of the Berkshires). Finally a batch of dark syrup this season, which I'm grateful for (I like the dark best). The taste is excellent, but...
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    Did a final boil and pulled taps last weekend. ...

    Did a final boil and pulled taps last weekend. Had some visitors join me, including a very enthusiastic three-and-a-half year old, who wanted to taste everything (repeatedly) and help pour sap into...
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    Neither. I'd go with NOAA. That's where...

    Neither. I'd go with NOAA. That's where everybody gets their data from anyway.

    Go here: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=44.2308&lon=-73.0568#.XKZr55hKhhE

    Then scroll about...
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    Mine is dead simple, and has worked perfectly for...

    Mine is dead simple, and has worked perfectly for a few years, not even the slightest sign of warping. I cut up fencepost, (like this):
    19907

    It has one section of rail on either side, and then...
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    Replaced my old rotted out stovepipe that had...

    Replaced my old rotted out stovepipe that had some holes as big as three fingers. My gallons per hour evaporation rate went up by 20%!

    I started late, but last week (my second week this year) was...
  24. Thread: Evap pans??

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    You don't say where in Maine you are, but, for...

    You don't say where in Maine you are, but, for example, Restaurant Barn in Ellsworth definitely has them. Ask for full-size steam table pans. You can see various sizes of steam tray pans in their...
  25. Thread: Evap pans??

    by berkshires
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    A lot of cooking supply stores carry them too. ...

    A lot of cooking supply stores carry them too. You might find them in your area.
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