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    The thought is right the doing is hard. Getting...

    The thought is right the doing is hard.
    Getting the pans flat and then clean is a tough after syrup has been made in them. If you can tig the dividers in that would be best. I would try to make them...
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    I tend to agree with maple flats. You need some...

    I tend to agree with maple flats. You need some heat and fire under that rear pan. Keep the area under the pan similar in size to your stack should work. I think the area under my flue pan and...
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    HondoLane, I think that was 22 gage. I wanted...

    HondoLane,
    I think that was 22 gage. I wanted the thicker to hopefully last till the great grand kids are making syrup.:)
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Dave, Good to see you post! Hope things are...

    Dave,
    Good to see you post! Hope things are improving! Awesome that your grandson made syrup! Your mentoring was a good thing!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Or as Hondo says make your own. Here are some...

    Or as Hondo says make your own.
    Here are some shots of the base for my 3 x 10. Rectangular base 32 x 7 ish and 12 inch top. I did not have a brake long enough to bend this 6 foot tall stack. My...
  6. Thread: Door size

    by Sugarmaker
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    I think you will like it a little larger. Its...

    I think you will like it a little larger. Its closed more than open when running and the larger size will allow you to add wood and position wood in the fire box too.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Weather in NW is very much like sap weather! 46...

    Weather in NW is very much like sap weather! 46 today. Still much to do as the getting ready part is as much work as the making it part. Will try to hold till mid Feb. We shall see.
    I know my apple...
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    Daniel, Good plan! Get the materials and get...

    Daniel,
    Good plan! Get the materials and get started. You will be surprised how quick you get your new pans ready for the season.
    Keep boiling!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    I got a smoke stack base built at a very...

    I got a smoke stack base built at a very reasonable cost from local Amish stainless shop. Stateline Stainless, Albion PA 16401. Not sure how to contact him other than mail?
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Go look at some pan designs. take all kinds of...

    Go look at some pan designs. take all kinds of pictures of the seams/ joints and holes and attachments. The og practice on these types of joints. If your comfortable with tig and steel you will be...
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    I had never thought about filter aid effecting...

    I had never thought about filter aid effecting the density? Very well could be? do a cold test on your finished syrup too. A good tool is the Murphy cup. Since you can check density at any temp....
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    I hope we get a week or two of cold weather to be...

    I hope we get a week or two of cold weather to be ready for a mid Feb start of season. Keep watching the forecast if you can put together 4 or 5 days of freeze thaw temps then you might make a pile...
  13. Keep boiling, as you add new sap at the point...

    Keep boiling, as you add new sap at the point farthest from the draw off the more dense syrup near the draw off will begin the gradient in between the two. Just watch that it is not trying to make...
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    So 24 gage is .024 thick? If you can tig weld it...

    So 24 gage is .024 thick? If you can tig weld it I am sure it would make you some good pans. Soldering is not as easy but with the right tools it can be done too. The brushed finish should work OK, I...
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    Dang I should be pruning apple trees! Thanks!...

    Dang I should be pruning apple trees! Thanks!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Looking gooood! You will wonder how you ever...

    Looking gooood! You will wonder how you ever survived without it! Keep at it almost time to move the evaporator in and tap.
    I love the look of the cupola but wanted less steam, so we went with...
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    That fabrication is looking really good! Your...

    That fabrication is looking really good! Your doing a great job on the build. Looks like you will ready for the first run!
    Keep boiling!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Good luck with your season! Keep boiling!...

    Good luck with your season!
    Keep boiling!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Ok guys and girls we have Howard to blame!...

    Ok guys and girls we have Howard to blame! Someone should step up each year and be the person we can blame. Huummmmm, I will think about it for next year. Remind me if I forget.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    In theory your welds if done properly should be...

    In theory your welds if done properly should be as strong or stronger than the parent material. My guess is you will be fine.
    Keep boiling!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Clinkis, Thanks for the pictures. Congrats that...

    Clinkis,
    Thanks for the pictures. Congrats that new rig looks nice! Upside down but nice! What you described is what I would expect in the first picture. Some folks love the steam, others want it...
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    Googleeye, What is commercial syrup? I would...

    Googleeye,
    What is commercial syrup?
    I would say you should be making syrup off the evaporator at around 216/217 F.?
    Your canning temps should be 180 F. If your going higher the syrup would be...
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    Just my 2 cents, and some questions. (And most...

    Just my 2 cents, and some questions. (And most folks ignore the old man!:))
    How were the steam hoods configured to/on the old pans? And what is your goal for the steam in your room? Do you want all...
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    Well I would probably have 4 equally spaced taps...

    Well I would probably have 4 equally spaced taps per large tree and 3 per smaller. Yes he really needs to think about this removal thing! It took 150 years or more to grow those. See how they run not...
  25. Thread: Maple sugar

    by Sugarmaker
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    Humm, That just doesnt sound right? I would...

    Humm,
    That just doesnt sound right? I would have guessed the same thing on the invert sugar level. Have you made sugar with this syrup before? Also I dont let my syrup cool when doing sugar. May...
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