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    A 3 gallon batch is pretty big for my equipment....

    A 3 gallon batch is pretty big for my equipment. (hobart mixer) I can do maybe 1.5 gallons max. My guess is it may be invert levels. Early lighter syrup generally makes sugar easier.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Folks, Interesting! I have never dried maple...

    Folks,
    Interesting! I have never dried maple sugar! What am I missing? We only make 20 lbs per year.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    I agree that its kind of a event thing or a...

    I agree that its kind of a event thing or a demand thing. I like it to be as fresh as possible. and tell folks to eat it quickly. Oil and water dont really like each other.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Jason, Hard to stop this process! Your doing...

    Jason,
    Hard to stop this process! Your doing fine, and learning a bunch along the way. When are you going to come over and motivate me to get going on my evaporator rebuild?? Sugaring season is not...
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    Folks, Had a hour or two to spend on the 3 x 10...

    Folks,
    Had a hour or two to spend on the 3 x 10 arch rebuild.
    Removed all the old fire brick, and the sand. Looks like some of the cross braces are rusted out. These will be stainless next time. ...
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    doop, Seems like that might work. Good idea!...

    doop,
    Seems like that might work. Good idea! Haven't thought of a down side yet?
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Depends what type of environment you want inside...

    Depends what type of environment you want inside when boiling? Cupola works and looks like a sugarhouse. But if you want the steam out you need hoods and steam pipes. Now they could vent into a...
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    Awesome! Great to be boiling inside! Good luck...

    Awesome! Great to be boiling inside!
    Good luck next season.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Pdiamond, Thanks, I had a 6 inch stove pipe...

    Pdiamond,
    Thanks,
    I had a 6 inch stove pipe from my small wood stove in there. I think I am just going to patch that hole and remove the wood stove. It worked well to take the chill off when...
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    Folks, Some pictures of the old arch as some...

    Folks,
    Some pictures of the old arch as some parts Start to get laid out.

    This is the stainless channel that I plan to miter and weld the joints into the base for the stack. 2 x 1 x 1/4 thick....
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    No need to apoligize. Congratulations on your...

    No need to apoligize. Congratulations on your awards. Obviously they speak for themselves! Niche markets are always there for good products! I wish you the best in finding the spot for your bulk...
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    Hope yoiu have a great day! Its a lot of work to...

    Hope yoiu have a great day! Its a lot of work to put these events on. Hoping its well attended for you.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Folks, Picked up my new arch rails, archboard,...

    Folks,
    Picked up my new arch rails, archboard, firebricks, mortar and stainless for my stack base plate fabrication today. That should keep me out of trouble till syrup season. Will try to bring...
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    Basically as tight as you can get it and you have...

    Basically as tight as you can get it and you have good slope so it should work fine even with a little sag. Taps are still higher than the sags. I had to develop a tightening system for these short...
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    Folks, I havent looked for a good used base for...

    Folks,
    I havent looked for a good used base for the 3 foot wide King type arch. I have some stainless I may try to fab a new base. Creekside Welding and Machine will get the nod to make the section...
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    Folks, The saga continues as I find more issues...

    Folks,
    The saga continues as I find more issues with the old King Arch. It needs more repairs than I thought. But most are sturctural and or safety related. So we will continue to plod along.
    I got...
  17. JH, Keep it cool. What temp did you cook it...

    JH,
    Keep it cool. What temp did you cook it too?
    Sun/heat is not a friend of maple products.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Guys, Thanks The pictures help too! My air...

    Guys,
    Thanks The pictures help too! My air tubes are going to come out the side of the arch about midway back along each side.
    I haven't priced the arch board. That sounds a little pricey!
    I...
  19. I agree that your on the right track. The...

    I agree that your on the right track. The prefiltering is just another job that is not going to gain you much on those volumes. I was glad to be able to finally flip a switch and filter a bunch of...
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    Awesome! You will love it! take and post lots of...

    Awesome! You will love it!
    take and post lots of pictures too!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Nate, Folks, Thanks! Maybe there is only inch...

    Nate, Folks,
    Thanks! Maybe there is only inch thick arch board material. If so I may use that and then splits (1 inch thick) bricks for the liner. I got into the arch work a little more this...
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    Folks, A product that I have heard about for...

    Folks,
    A product that I have heard about for years and never used: Arch board! I was thinking that when I have all the brick out it would be a good time to consider adding some additional...
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    Great pictures! I did something similar at about...

    Great pictures! I did something similar at about the same age. Get right sized form the start then you wont have to expand as soon.
    Good luck.

    Regards,
    Chris
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    Thinking about this, I believe I have had...

    Thinking about this, I believe I have had different levels of this problem in its best form with some long strands/ strings off a spoon, to being a big nasty glob. I believe the stringy version, if...
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    Yep, ropey syrup. Not fun. Regards, Chris

    Yep, ropey syrup. Not fun.
    Regards,
    Chris
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