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    With Covid, my sales are ahead of all previous...

    With Covid, my sales are ahead of all previous years. I sold more on my website and lots more at my one retail outlet. By Aug 1, I had surpassed LY sales, in fact I had passed all previous years....
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    I certainly would never tap trees in a cemetary....

    I certainly would never tap trees in a cemetary. No, I'm not superstitious, But rather because of the embalming fluids used. Not worth the risk!
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    Try the manufacturer or maybe Bascom Maple. I got...

    Try the manufacturer or maybe Bascom Maple. I got a seals kit from Bascom for a double vertical releaser that was 10 yrs old, however it took 7-8 months to get it.
    If they have it in stock it gets...
  4. Thread: Meet ups

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    I use packing peanuts and sometimes flat sheets...

    I use packing peanuts and sometimes flat sheets of foam padding. I have also used bubble wrap sheets in the past. I bought 12" x 100' boxes of 3/8" bubble or 1/2" bubble. I pack them tight, I still...
  5. Thread: Bascom's?

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    I figured they would have it fixed in short order.

    I figured they would have it fixed in short order.
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    I'm not familiar with those totes, but I read on...

    I'm not familiar with those totes, but I read on some I got which had things like apple juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, safflower oil or Pure vanilla extract that had a tag on them,...
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    it appears their security certificate expired....

    it appears their security certificate expired. I'll bet they will fix it in short order.
  8. Thread: Fill stop?

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    I believe on Chris's (The Maple Guys) one it uses...

    I believe on Chris's (The Maple Guys) one it uses 2 laser beams, when the syrup reaches the set height it instantly shuts the valve off. If Chris sold the rights to it, he will tell you where to get...
  9. Sap is safe for 2-3 days if under 40F, longer if...

    Sap is safe for 2-3 days if under 40F, longer if colder. Concentrate is safe if kept just above it's freezing point at whatever sugar concentration it is at. Syrup, awaiting bottling is ok at 40F for...
  10. I used to just drain my pre-heater when I shut...

    I used to just drain my pre-heater when I shut down, cover all openings (float boxes and pans). Then one time I had to shut down during a boil to clean the syrup pan. I didn't drain the pre-heater in...
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    My releasers have always been outside. Yes, on...

    My releasers have always been outside. Yes, on rare occasions they froze, but only once was it a big problem. If you do as johnallin suggests you will likely have no issues. If the pump is remote...
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    I'm not familiar with that pump but if I can read...

    I'm not familiar with that pump but if I can read the label correctly, it uses 3.5A at 12V. That would be when moving water or sap, air and intermittent sap would be less. That battery is too small,...
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    Does you syrup have a slight burnt taste? Since...

    Does you syrup have a slight burnt taste? Since most using steam pans have them set up so they end up getting a burnt line on the sides of the pan, that can have a big affect on the flavor. A flat...
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    Good question, will the panel be in a location...

    Good question, will the panel be in a location where it will get full sun? Will the day be sunny? (that is the hard part, I know, I have 6320 watts of solar, of that only 1480 is battery back up.)...
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    My thinking is that it has been tried but since...

    My thinking is that it has been tried but since you see no manufacturers doing it, the experiment likely said to have the flue pan in back.
    Part of that may be that you need the hotter part under...
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    What water were they running at the car wash. If...

    What water were they running at the car wash. If I had to guess I'd say they ran water from a sump to recycle. In that case the pumps and all components could well have gas, road tar, anti freeze and...
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    Years ago I converted a bunch of Corney Kegs to...

    Years ago I converted a bunch of Corney Kegs to store syrup. Based on my experience I suggest you weld a flat plate over the oval top opening. Before that, cut out an opening the right size to weld a...
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    Tucker, I moved the post to Homemade. If you use...

    Tucker, I moved the post to Homemade. If you use ceramic blanket with wood fired, use it on all except the grates and the air inlets. For nozzles, I used 1/4" black pipe and welded them in on the...
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    I suggest you get and use a copy of the Cornell...

    I suggest you get and use a copy of the Cornell Maple Tubing Notebook, By Steve Childs. If you are going to try running the vacuum line a long distance, you need to info in that notebook to determine...
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    I have 6.32 KW of solar at my sugar house. I do...

    I have 6.32 KW of solar at my sugar house. I do not see even that much as being capable of running a 3 hp pump all night. Even then you'd need lots of batteries. For years I ran a 48V battery backup...
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    In my experience you will lose if you run a...

    In my experience you will lose if you run a generator to run a 3 hp vacuum pump. You will use less fuel if you stay with what you had, but get a bigger fuel tank. In the past I ran 2 different vacuum...
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    How much did it cost, in my 2020 catalog it is...

    How much did it cost, in my 2020 catalog it is $411.56 but in the 2020 catalog online it is $535.05. Is one Canadian and the other US?
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    I hope that the pump is different than the one...

    I hope that the pump is different than the one used to pump water or sap. Are those diaphragms made for long term running dry, like the little ones?
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    That sounds more like it. If a 2, 3 or even 4 gal...

    That sounds more like it. If a 2, 3 or even 4 gal pancake compressor only kicks on about every 10 minutes the air needed is quite low. I normally use my 4 gal Porter Cable pancake compressor for most...
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    Super Sapper is absolutely correct. The distance...

    Super Sapper is absolutely correct. The distance between tees can be as far as needed to get to the next maple, just keep it tight and the most critical part is the bottom 30' in elevation. I suggest...
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