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  1. When we first started I found it difficult to get...

    When we first started I found it difficult to get info like this, so we posted some simple installation videos on our Facebook page to help other beginners. There are many ways to run tubing, but I...
  2. Our end of the season is late April when we start...

    Our end of the season is late April when we start to detect the metabolic chocolate taste in the syrup. We're so far removed from anyone who buys commercial syrup that it's not cost effective to...
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    PVC glue for releaser body?

    Does anyone know what kind of PVC cement is used on the releaser bodies? I have a cracked tube between the body and manifold that I need to replace.
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    Has CDL released any estimated boil rates for...

    Has CDL released any estimated boil rates for them? I'd definitely consider one if I were in the market for a new evaporator.
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    I'd recommend an Atlas Copco GVS 40A- 31cfm or a...

    I'd recommend an Atlas Copco GVS 40A- 31cfm or a 60A- 42cfm from MES, depending on potential increase in tap count. I have a GVS 100 and am very pleased, great service and they're great to deal with.
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    If I were in the market, I'd definitely consider...

    If I were in the market, I'd definitely consider the Venturi. It supposedly gives a more even boil and good boil rates, I'd like to see one in operation.
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    We live near a college and always get a few...

    We live near a college and always get a few college kids out for Maine Maple Sunday etc. Invariably I always get questions like,"have you considered switching to wind power or solar?" I'm like," our...
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    I think they have their place. You get much...

    I think they have their place. You get much larger yield in your area than is possible here. Even under high vacuum, a quart per tap is a good season for us, or anyone around here including 50,000...
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    I've always used straight seasonal spouts, new...

    I've always used straight seasonal spouts, new every year. I shut the vacuum pump off after the lines freeze, it makes zero sense to leave it running all night. Last season when I pulled taps, some...
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    CV2 results

    I just wanted to post the results of my first season using check valve spouts. I'm a realist and skeptic and have to see things for myself. I found that I was able to maintain 27" of vacuum all...
  11. We've found that we need to give it a few minutes...

    We've found that we need to give it a few minutes to settle before getting an accurate reading.
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    If that's your full time job, it shouldn't be a...

    If that's your full time job, it shouldn't be a problem. I'm gone 10+ hours a day at my day job and still run a 3100 tap operation. As others have said, tapping will be a challenge if you're in an...
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    My Econonox 600 gph has a 1" line for processed...

    My Econonox 600 gph has a 1" line for processed sap.
  14. We have 3100 taps currently, mostly on steep...

    We have 3100 taps currently, mostly on steep ground.
  15. Not even a little bit fun this year!

    We started tapping this week and What a nightmare! We've had 150" of snow, heavy winds etc. Every step with snowshoes on, you sink down a couple feet, sometimes 3 or 4 feet. This morning I found a...
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    I'm starting tapping today. It was -21 degrees...

    I'm starting tapping today. It was -21 degrees this morning, so we'll wait until 10:00 or so to get started. There's at least 3' of snowpack, so it's going to be a challenge again this year.
  17. A line monitoring system such as Smartrek would...

    A line monitoring system such as Smartrek would be ideal, but until I could budget that, ball valves and inexpensive vacuum gauges do a pretty good job of isolating leaks.
  18. Do you have a tank or just a releaser? I'll need...

    Do you have a tank or just a releaser? I'll need to do something similar soon with my next expansion. I like the idea of pumping it into my existing lines as it comes in, rather than having to pump...
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    Go with stainless. The 40 gal. barrels are easier...

    Go with stainless. The 40 gal. barrels are easier to handle for me. We've dealt with 55 gal. epoxy lined barrels and you have to be very careful applying air pressure to them, they will pop up very...
  20. I certainly didn't help the Maine total very much.

    I certainly didn't help the Maine total very much.
  21. I wouldn't beat yourself up over it, it has more...

    I wouldn't beat yourself up over it, it has more to do with location than anything. Last season was bad here and this season is even worse. We're a couple hundred miles north of the majority of...
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    You and I are farther north than the majority of...

    You and I are farther north than the majority of Quebec producers and have had similar seasons. Sap is just now starting to run stronger and I hope to get another week, but I have my doubts. I made...
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    Our maple season ended early last year and I...

    Our maple season ended early last year and I still had some ambition left, so I tapped 50 birches that are right next to one of my mainlines. I had saved some maple permeate for this purpose and...
  24. Most customers I've talked to prefer their syrup...

    Most customers I've talked to prefer their syrup from a sealed, sanitary pipeline over buckets full of sap with bugs and rodent residue. Even eco nuts can see the advantage of an r/o, resulting in...
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    Sadly, my woods trees haven't given me much more...

    Sadly, my woods trees haven't given me much more sap than these two yet. It's pretty much still winter here, with colder than normal temps and 2.5-3 ft. of snow in the woods. It's a race against time...
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