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    Late to the thread here, but I'll add my 2 cents....

    Late to the thread here, but I'll add my 2 cents. Like many of you, I've spent the past 35 years in the woods of the Northeast...hiking, hunting, camping, rock climbing, mtn. biking, snowshoeing,...
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    Looks good Trapper2. Getting the young ones...

    Looks good Trapper2. Getting the young ones involved makes it special!

    Looking at your pics...might be way too late now, but I am surprised you didn't double up the top plate. I know it's only...
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    Lately every time I find "only one" of anything...

    Lately every time I find "only one" of anything on my land it turns out to be something bad....Japanese barberry, buckthorn, multiflora rose. That kind of diversity I can live without.

    The OP's...
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    Permethrin is your friend! Spray it well on a...

    Permethrin is your friend! Spray it well on a pair of your favorite field pants and wear them each time afield.
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    My 12x16 sugar house is also our garden shed....I...

    My 12x16 sugar house is also our garden shed....I keep all of our tools, wheelbarrow, gardening supplies. The shack sits on a full cement block foundation which serves as a part root cellar and part...
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    I'm not sure how the professionals do it in the...

    I'm not sure how the professionals do it in the larger pans, but on my small 2x4 Mason I SLOWLY and PATIENTLY bring the level down in my pan to as low as I feel comfortable. Really I just let it...
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    Here in Savoy things are going great. Last week...

    Here in Savoy things are going great. Last week was a great run, and this coming week looks like it might be perfect for sap flow. My woods trails into my sugarbush are still covered in snow so I...
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    Just wondering if there is there any chance...

    Just wondering if there is there any chance something else was the culprit? Bad sap going into the tank? A contaminated tank? Thawing a tank slowly over the course of a few weeks and it going bad?...
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    I always get a kick out the guys who ask if it's...

    I always get a kick out the guys who ask if it's too early to start tapping on New Year's Day because of one good day of nice weather, and the ones who call it quits by early February because the the...
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    Already over? I am not even done tapping yet.

    Already over? I am not even done tapping yet.
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    Does that rig get a little light in the front end...

    Does that rig get a little light in the front end when that barrel is full?
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    Can you get the ice rounds out of your buckets? ...

    Can you get the ice rounds out of your buckets? I'm on a 2x4 Mason and a hobbyist. When I end up with frozen solid buckets I just get my evaporator going with some fresh sap and start adding the...
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    I'm curious about your thought process. Boiling...

    I'm curious about your thought process. Boiling sap in a metal box, to me, would be just about the most soul-killing thing I could imagine. What is your goal? If it's to simply boil some sap out...
  14. I live on a swampy, mountainous plateau and I...

    I live on a swampy, mountainous plateau and I have many maples that grow in cold, swampy areas. They do tend to "wake up" later and run later than my maples that grow upland.
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    Allowing your sap to freeze in the pan during the...

    Allowing your sap to freeze in the pan during the week will hurt nothing. Don't worry about that one. Unlike Mark, I have had sweet in my pan spoil over the course of just 4 or 5 days. If you can...
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    Yeah, not sure if I'd want something in my sap at...

    Yeah, not sure if I'd want something in my sap at full boil for 12 hours...but just to plug the hole while he removes the sap from each section for 5 minutes I think would be harmless.
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    I use a 2x4 Mason and like wnybassman, I just let...

    I use a 2x4 Mason and like wnybassman, I just let it sit and mix. On Saturday AM I reestablish the gradient pretty quickly.

    However, if you're not boiling all week and temps. warm up there is...
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    Anything by Kinco is going to be a lot of glove...

    Anything by Kinco is going to be a lot of glove at a good value. I swear by them. These aren't your cheap, Home Depot or Tractor Supply specials.

    https://www.kinco.com/

    Specifically, I...
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    We really could is an algorithm that tells us...

    We really could is an algorithm that tells us when the best time to tap is. ;)

    Just being funny....yes, I agree. With few exceptions Mother Nature tends to land right on time each year. I keep...
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    This is a very important issue to you I see.

    This is a very important issue to you I see.
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    I was thinking the same thing. I see people...

    I was thinking the same thing. I see people looking at the forecast for 1 or 2 months out and making decisions based on that, or chasing 2 to 3 day warm spells...and I just don't get it.
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    If I'm understanding the OP correctly, I think...

    If I'm understanding the OP correctly, I think the issue is that a normal roof jack will not work with corrugated metal roof, if you simply hack a hole in the metal. You can certainly use a standard...
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    I did a quick search for that link yesterday. If...

    I did a quick search for that link yesterday. If you look around you'll see other variations and other companies with different temp ratings. Some have a round base and others a square base. 500F...
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    Cancelling a baseball game due to rain..I get. ...

    Cancelling a baseball game due to rain..I get. Cancelling a ski race due to lack of snow...I get. Cancelling an entire sugaring season because it's cold out right now? I don't get that one.
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    Did you put your chimney up through the metal...

    Did you put your chimney up through the metal roof and then into flashing? Or did you just go up through the metal roof into blue sky? If the latter, I would use something like this:
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