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    That's terrible, so sorry to hear that. What a...

    That's terrible, so sorry to hear that. What a mess. We had nothing like that here in Maine but did get some golf ball size hail over the weekend. Luckily no serious damage for us.
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    Great to hear Dave, take care of yourself and...

    Great to hear Dave, take care of yourself and keep us posted.
  3. Ya that’s the problem with most I’m finding. To...

    Ya that’s the problem with most I’m finding. To be reasonably priced, it’s in the 1000’s to buy. I’m going to try a design on Vistaprint and see what that costs to start.
  4. Thanks. Correct, it will vary depending on...

    Thanks. Correct, it will vary depending on ingredients. We have a few things to look into for sure. The labeling was just one step. We’ve used vista print to make a bunch of stuff and I know...
  5. Ya, that kind of sparked the discussion. It's...

    Ya, that kind of sparked the discussion. It's not something we will advertise on a large scale but we are trying to get some different items for the few craft fairs events we do and I want to...
  6. BBQ sauce/maple mustard labels

    I think we’re going try our hand at making some maple mustard and bbq sauce. For those who sell it, where do you get labels made for the item and for the nutritional facts?
  7. I'll send you a private message. If it's a CDL...

    I'll send you a private message. If it's a CDL evaporator they should be able to get you a new float. If you want to do repair, stick with Rob. Or better yet- do both and have a backup!
  8. If it’s some welding or fabrication/repair you...

    If it’s some welding or fabrication/repair you need done, call Rob at Northwoods Stainless. He’s not doing as much with arches and pans any more but does still do some side jobs as filler work. ...
  9. Did you talk with Miguel at CDL Maine? He’s a...

    Did you talk with Miguel at CDL Maine? He’s a busy guy but I’ve never known him to not help someone out.
  10. I would at least talk with CDL about the steam...

    I would at least talk with CDL about the steam evaporator to see if there are RO/steam evaporator options for that size operation. MES has them as well but what I've seen from them appears to be for...
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    We were able to get what we needed for this year...

    We were able to get what we needed for this year but we had a good stockpile to start the year. Usually try to stay a couple cases ahead on quarts and pints. Down to about 1 case ahead now. We...
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    That’s a rough stretch, thoughts and prayers to...

    That’s a rough stretch, thoughts and prayers to better time ahead.
  13. I would build the sugar shack where you can get...

    I would build the sugar shack where you can get power. That is #1 in my book. Sap directly to the shack is a close 2nd in my opinion. From someone who worked in a 5500 tap sugar bush with his...
  14. CDL Maine open house next weekend. 10-20% off...

    CDL Maine open house next weekend. 10-20% off what they have in stock depending on what it is with some exceptions. Cash and carry.
    Bascom too I believe next Friday thru Sunday. I’m not sure what...
  15. We've boiled over 600 gallons or about 12 hours...

    We've boiled over 600 gallons or about 12 hours of raw sap on our front pan without any niter burns. We usually try to clean every 8 hours or so (400-500 gallons) of sap. I assume it would be...
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    Our 2nd to last batch before finishing out the...

    Our 2nd to last batch before finishing out the pan was LT 37. The pan contents finished out at LT 40 so perfectly good syrup. We also don't keep pulling until the sap goes bad and the sugar content...
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    Same as Dr. Tim except we don't push it right to...

    Same as Dr. Tim except we don't push it right to syrup. Keep stirring and we shut it down when it hits 218 and then use the finisher to get it to syrup. This method is obviously easier to do with...
  18. Interesting, Leader has certainly been around for...

    Interesting, Leader has certainly been around for a long time. H2O is a huge company, the maple sector just got bigger but it's still only 1 part of their company as a whole.
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    Pre-lashed mainline is nice for situations like...

    Pre-lashed mainline is nice for situations like yours. Too bad that it only comes in 1500' rolls if that is the case. To cut, just place 3 or 4 wire ties or hose clamps either side of the cut...
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    Both! I just pulled taps today and will let them...

    Both! I just pulled taps today and will let them hang for 3 weeks then go back and plug them 1st week of May before the bugs get bad. It seems to help them dry out. Not feasible for the guys with...
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    We also called it today. Been boiling every...

    We also called it today. Been boiling every night this week to keep the fresh sap coming. Some of the sap today tasted a little funky so we dumped 75 gallons and left the valves open. Also our best...
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    Congrats on the syrup retirement van. Are you...

    Congrats on the syrup retirement van. Are you sure you can do it though- that is the question?? Thanks for your knowledge and input on here over the years.
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    That’s awesome Van. I too believe in the zap...

    That’s awesome Van. I too believe in the zap bacs now. We have them in 2 of our bushes and haven’t seen the sap slow down despite some warm days.
  24. I’ll just add to what ennismaple said and say...

    I’ll just add to what ennismaple said and say that it’s a good idea to leave a piece in the bush where you’ll be using it overnight to test. I say that because we had a piece outside by the shack,...
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    I imagine it did, we emptied the tanks Wednesday...

    I imagine it did, we emptied the tanks Wednesday night and we had 485g this morning at 6 AM when I went to work so it ran hard all night and was still running pretty good.

    Update: 655g collected...
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