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    I don't use a stand. My local customers either...

    I don't use a stand. My local customers either call, I tell them the price, and I put it on a chair on my porch, they pick it up and put the money or check in my mailbox. Alternatively they pick it...
  2. Ideally the mainline should have 2-4% slope, but...

    Ideally the mainline should have 2-4% slope, but even 1% will work but it needs to be supported so there are no sags. More than 4% can also work but the steeper you get the more turbulence in the...
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    My sales, have now slowed some, but are still...

    My sales, have now slowed some, but are still above all previous years month to month. I still have good local sales at both my 1 retail outlet and out my door by appointment only. While Feb and...
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    After looking at the video I thought there had to...

    After looking at the video I thought there had to be options. The CDL catalog gave no indication.
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    In the video it looks like the pump speed may not...

    In the video it looks like the pump speed may not keep up with sap flow on a real good day on 4000 taps. Are there larger options, or is the flow speed because that transfer line s too small?
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    That's more than what I've paid in the past 3...

    That's more than what I've paid in the past 3 years, but only you can decide if it is a fair price to you.
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    I agree, but a series of lifts for that many taps...

    I agree, but a series of lifts for that many taps is do-able it would require far more vacuum CFM than the vacuum operated pump.
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    Ouch, I've been using one since about 1992 or 93....

    Ouch, I've been using one since about 1992 or 93. My first one was a 500 (up to 1/2" bits) then I bought a 750 (up to 3/4" bits) My 500 still does ok, but unfortunately I don't think the diamond...
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    Your arch looks exactly like mine and mine was...

    Your arch looks exactly like mine and mine was new (previous owner) in early '91, thus it may have been built in'90. I don't know how long they used that specific casting and such. I doubt it was a...
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    Good start, it's all uphill from there!

    Good start, it's all uphill from there!
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    I have one on my moisture trap and another on the...

    I have one on my moisture trap and another on the releaser. I get 1" higher on the moisture trap, the releaser shows 26-27", anytime it drops below 25" I check for leaks, if I'm on top of everything,...
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    I don't see a vacuum gauge, unless I missed it,...

    I don't see a vacuum gauge, unless I missed it, you should add one. They can help you find when you need to fix leaks and they can also help you determine when you have other problems. While a...
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    Sorry for your loss. Those memories will survive...

    Sorry for your loss. Those memories will survive a long time.
    While my dad did not make maple syrup, I still have fond memories of him working with me and my brother in the woods. He cut wood for...
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    While I've never partially filled a barrel, I...

    While I've never partially filled a barrel, I doubt it would be a game changer. It will however bring your cost per gallon of making bourbon barrel aged maple syrup.
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    I'm not sure how he does it, but Neil Collins who...

    I'm not sure how he does it, but Neil Collins who runs the old VVS sugarhouse uses chips. PM him, collinsmapleman2012, he can shed light on it.
    I do know foe one thing they harvest willow shoots in...
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    I'm afraid if it would not be refrigerated it...

    I'm afraid if it would not be refrigerated it would mold in a wooden keg just like it does in a glass or plastic after it's opened.
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    That's exactly what I do. In fact, I now have a...

    That's exactly what I do. In fact, I now have a 15 gal barrel that has aged 12 months. I plan to open it as soon as the outdoor temperature cools to the low 70's or colder. At that time I'll cut it...
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    It is still good. Issues that could have caused...

    It is still good. Issues that could have caused it not to seal, something on the rubber part of the lid, temperature of the syrup not hot enough or something on the top surface of the jar. There...
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    A 415 was my first milk tank. (you will like it)....

    A 415 was my first milk tank. (you will like it). It was my head tank for 5-6 years, then I had a 200 given to me. That then needed covers made and a valve added and it became my head tank. Later I...
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    July Journal

    July already! I still need to do up more wood. A few years ago I always had 2 yrs wood ready ahead by this time of year, now I only have 20-25% of it ready. It seems as I get older I've slowed down....
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    The next piece of advice is to never use a damper...

    The next piece of advice is to never use a damper on an wood fired evaporator smoke stack and give it loads of combustion air. A blower help with that. An evaporator works best when it burns as hot...
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    Exactly my advice too.

    Exactly my advice too.
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    I have no sales at the end of my driveway, thus...

    I have no sales at the end of my driveway, thus no camera. I do use cameras at the 2 entrances to my sugarhouse. Those are Plot Watcher cameras, set to take a picture every 30 seconds. I've never had...
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    It will become very obvious how that helps when...

    It will become very obvious how that helps when you boil, you will see a very hard boil over that partition. It will be the hardest in the entire pan. Much of the heat causing that would have...
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    Is that how Bill Mason suggests bricking that...

    Is that how Bill Mason suggests bricking that arch? Back when I had a half pint the bricking design called for a partition about where you start the elevated part. Leader said the partition was to be...
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