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    At $1.70/lb the supplier who sells you equipment...

    At $1.70/lb the supplier who sells you equipment makes money, the packer who buys your syrup and re-sells it makes money but there's very little if anything in it for you. I'd be finding a way to...
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    We fill ours to 1/4" from the top in both the...

    We fill ours to 1/4" from the top in both the flue pan and the syrup pan and leave it until you get the dry heaves from the stench - normally early June. It takes almost 400 gallons. It does polish...
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    I probably throw in a dozen sticks split to 6"...

    I probably throw in a dozen sticks split to 6" diameter and 44" long every 45 minutes.

    I've heard the argument for/against wood burning units both ways - sell the wood you cut from the bush doing...
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    Not sure on the rate but if it's proportional to...

    Not sure on the rate but if it's proportional to the rate we get with ours you'll be in the 80 GPH range.

    We light a small fire and let it simmer for 30 minutes with the blowers on 4 (Primary) and...
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    Our last boil was on the 4th. The sap quality was...

    Our last boil was on the 4th. The sap quality was going downhill fast and what was in the lines as we washed up on the 5th and 6th was milky and turning to snot - no way we could have boiled it and...
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    I'm assuming these were thin wall spouts? They...

    I'm assuming these were thin wall spouts? They would be more prone to leaks. Are we talking micro-leaks or obvious hissing under vacuum?

    I'd be asking them to make up for the lost production - but...
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    We get a small amount of soot buildup under each...

    We get a small amount of soot buildup under each pan every boil. The front pan is drained and swapped out with it's identical twin every day. When we clean off the sugar sand we also pressure wash...
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    No issues. We used about 900 Lapierre clear...

    No issues. We used about 900 Lapierre clear disposable spout adapters, 300 clear CV2 adapters and the rest the original CV's.
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    Yes we will do this in areas where the trees have been heavily tapped for decades. Now that we use 36" droplines that helps spread the tapholes out a lot. Being 6'2" tall also helps because I can tap...
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    That depends on what your trees are telling you....

    That depends on what your trees are telling you. As the season starts to end I'll start seeing a significant reduction in flow for a few days even with perfect conditions. Then the sap starts to...
  11. Poll: Dr Tim - I'd guestimate about 5% of the time...

    Dr Tim - I'd guestimate about 5% of the time we'll hit stained wood. Sometimes it's an old taphole stain, sometimes a bad spot in the tree. Many of our maples are very old and have been tapped for 70...
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    Being a redhead I burn very easily so I'll look...

    Being a redhead I burn very easily so I'll look like I sat on the beach for too long without sunscreen after a day of boiling - but I haven't been outside for any longer than it takes to go from the...
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    I don't have any experience with that evaporator...

    I don't have any experience with that evaporator but I'm pretty sure it would just be a conversion kit on the nozzles from propane to NG, just like appliances. You'd need to get the pressure...
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    I totally agree Dr Tim. Our best 5 seasons have...

    I totally agree Dr Tim. Our best 5 seasons have been our last 5 seasons - I'd like to believe that's not an accident!
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    Thanks Dr Tim. We've come to realize that as we...

    Thanks Dr Tim. We've come to realize that as we improve our tubing, improve our vacuum and do better with leak patrol that the great seasons happen more often. If I can control those factors the...
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    I've never intentionally done this - just...

    I've never intentionally done this - just sometimes my guestimating on how much concentrate is left to boil is off by a few gallons! The half drums are obviously much easier and now that we have some...
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    We have mainlines that cross trails in 6...

    We have mainlines that cross trails in 6 locations and have switched almost all of them over to Banjo quick connects. I prefer to use SS thread to insert connectors on the back side of the Banjos...
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    Smaller producers will put syrup from one day...

    Smaller producers will put syrup from one day into a water jacketed tank and add with fresh syrup the following boil to hot pack a drum. We always end up with a few drums we don't completely fill one...
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    Paulslund - we had over 15 chord cut and split...

    Paulslund - we had over 15 chord cut and split but we obviously didn't need it all!

    We don't advertise how much syrup we made because people tend to multiply that times the retail price of a 4L...
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    A moisture trap should help - it will give you a...

    A moisture trap should help - it will give you a "volume" of vacuum between the pump and the releaser. Oversizing your vacuum line to 3" pipe from the pump to the moisture trap and then to the...
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    We pushed through one last GPT of sap on...

    We pushed through one last GPT of sap on Saturday. The sugar was down again so the RO did the heavy lifting. Made some Very Dark to start the day and some low Dark for the rest of the day. We might...
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    We had another decent boil yesterday - about 1...

    We had another decent boil yesterday - about 1 GPT of sap coming in but much lower than 2% sap so not as much syrup as we'd like but not much you can do. The first 15 gallons was a great Very Dark,...
  23. Thread: sap per tap

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    17.5 GPT is nothing to be disappointed in. We...

    17.5 GPT is nothing to be disappointed in. We used to think that 10GPT was good, meaning we made about 1L syrup per tap. With high vacuum, good tapping and tubing practices you should be able to get...
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    Bricklayer - we have 2 of these releasers that...

    Bricklayer - we have 2 of these releasers that used to run off SP22 pumps (now on an Airtech on high vac) and we never had the problem you described. The pump would spin backwards if you turned off...
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    Clinkis - it always feels good when your upgrades...

    Clinkis - it always feels good when your upgrades work out and you can do more with less effort! Congrats.

    We got another 2/3 GPT yesterday so we will boil today and likely Saturday. 4 straight...
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