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  1. Thread: Blower

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    Danielb, by the way, when my high pressure blower...

    Danielb, by the way, when my high pressure blower was first used (by me, it came out of a factory that went out of business and was likely over 100 yrs old) I shut the blower off to add fuel. Then...
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    Sticky: Welcome aboard. You still have time to get out....

    Welcome aboard. You still have time to get out. This is very addictive. But, if you really want the enjoyment of making maple syrup we can help.
    If the local shop has made a few pans, OK, if not I...
  3. Thread: Blower

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    Most likely both, I use one for both. To do that...

    Most likely both, I use one for both. To do that pipe the air into a Y fitting then have a valve in each leg. From the blower to the valves use a good size pipe, I used 4" PVC with any ells the long...
  4. Thread: 3/16 Tool

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    In addition to 2 of the LOAC tools, I also own a...

    In addition to 2 of the LOAC tools, I also own a Line Viper. I find it works well but is heavier to carry than a LOAC 2 hand. I also own a LOAC 1 had but far prefer the 2 hand.With all of those, both...
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    Dr Tim beat me to it, but he does it with more...

    Dr Tim beat me to it, but he does it with more authority than I do.
    The best practice for next season is to tap 180 degrees from last year, the following year try halfway between the last 2 years...
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    Once I got an auto draw, I ran it just 1 season...

    Once I got an auto draw, I ran it just 1 season before getting a Marcland barometer/boiling point of water meter. I bought it for $99 at the winter maple conference at the NYS fair grounds the first...
  7. Thread: 3/16 Tool

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    That tubing tool is available here: ...

    That tubing tool is available here: http://www.bascommaple.com/search/TUBTH/
    It is likely available from others too.
    The TUBTH holds both 3/16 and 5/16, each in the appropriate slot.
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    I have not, but I did use an Accu-Cup for several...

    I have not, but I did use an Accu-Cup for several years before I got a Murphy cup. The Accu-Cup has a thermometer built in and it comes with a laminated chart to tell you what the hydrometer reading...
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    I'm 74 and don't have the strength I had just a...

    I'm 74 and don't have the strength I had just a few years ago. I find the LOAC easy to use. Ease of use was one of the reasons I got a LOAC, I was starting to have a hard time using my original 2...
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    Is that high fructose corn syrup?

    Is that high fructose corn syrup?
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    I had not heard that and my hooks are all facing...

    I had not heard that and my hooks are all facing the wire, never pulled loose.
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    I also vote for LOAC. I have 2, bought the second...

    I also vote for LOAC. I have 2, bought the second one after using the first just 1 day. Far better and lighter than the competition. Mine can be adjusted quickly to use for 5/16 or 3/16. I've heard...
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    You can get a SS pot in 10 gal, or have a tin...

    You can get a SS pot in 10 gal, or have a tin shop make one big enough for 10 gal using SS. RO soap will etch/eat up aluminum.
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    To make one you can take down will require it to...

    To make one you can take down will require it to be light weight unless you have a tractor with a bucket or access to one or a team of helpers. I suggest you set 4 poles permanently, one at each...
  15. Thread: Meet ups

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    My first website did so so. It was thru Go Daddy....

    My first website did so so. It was thru Go Daddy. On that site people had to send me an email and I calculated a shipping fee and generated a Pay Pal invoice. I then shipped once paid. I also...
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    I can't help, I've never soaked the pans in...

    I can't help, I've never soaked the pans in vinegar for more than 2 days, usually just overnight. I didn't get a haze. Is it possible you left it so long that the acid actually made a light etch in...
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    If interested try the second link in post 2...

    If interested try the second link in post 2 above. I just fixed it, somehow the link I posted yesterday did not get copied completely yesterday. Do a search too, those are just the first 2 I got when...
  18. Thread: Meet ups

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    All I can say is try it. I'm sorry your sales...

    All I can say is try it. I'm sorry your sales were down this summer. Do you sell mostly at farmer's markets? Those who don't sell online and at retail outlets were likely hampered by Covid. Do you...
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    Another method is to use 1/4" hollow braid rope...

    Another method is to use 1/4" hollow braid rope on one or both ends. For that just cut a sharp angle on the end of the tubing, then push on the rope end to "shorten" it, that opens up the center,...
  20. Thread: Mason 2x4

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    Have any other producers ever had creosote in the...

    Have any other producers ever had creosote in the stack on you evaporator? I have not.
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    Check your state, safflower oil might be an...

    Check your state, safflower oil might be an option.

    The statement on your website that others add chemicals might get you into a big lawsuit by large producers who have far deeper pockets than you...
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    Seems like it should work.

    Seems like it should work.
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    I use drive in anchors like what utility...

    I use drive in anchors like what utility companies use. The drive in threaded part is less than 3", I've never had one pull loose.
    By the way, you need a way to relieve the tension every few years...
  24. Thread: Mason 2x4

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    Don't worry about the draft flow, you just need a...

    Don't worry about the draft flow, you just need a minimum of 8' of stack, and extra helps. Don't have any damper and absolutely don't reduce the stack size.
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    If your 3/16 has good drop below the lowest tap,...

    If your 3/16 has good drop below the lowest tap, you could get much more than the 150 gal., maybe as much as 3-400 if the weather is optimum for sap flow.
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