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    I literally pour it off into the new pot until i...

    I literally pour it off into the new pot until i see the sediment start to flow. as long as you let it settle out long enough you will be able to pour nearly all of the syrup out before the sediment...
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    Looks like the season might be done after this...

    Looks like the season might be done after this weekend. Its getting pretty late in the year to have 6 straight days above freezing with rain. What are your thoughts, should a guy pull taps next...
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    I do reheat after pouring off the settled syrup...

    I do reheat after pouring off the settled syrup in order to bottle in quart jars. Because I do not sell any of our syrup it is all for our own consumption and family and friends who don't mind a...
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    I use the settle method also. I take the near-up...

    I use the settle method also. I take the near-up off the evaporator and run through a pre-filter (new white dish cloth) to catch only the biggest stuff. I let it settle in a cold spot for 5-7 days....
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    Thanks for the replies. I will try the angle...

    Thanks for the replies. I will try the angle iron diagonally first and see how that goes. I dont have the space in my firebox for 4" thick insulation but i can see that this would work too. I...
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    So maybe my best bet would be to cut a large...

    So maybe my best bet would be to cut a large rectangle out and then rather than replace it with glass replace it with a floating piece of steel. Then insulate the whole door, but this would allow it...
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    The door is a homemade door from mild steel with...

    The door is a homemade door from mild steel with an angle iron frame and a plate steel face. The draft that you see is small but I also have a squirrel cage fan forced draft that is plumbed in the...
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    suggestions for a door that warps??

    I built a oil barrel arch last year and it worked great, but this year I made some changes such as put it in a building, took the glass out of the door and insulated the entire door, painted it...
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    I agree with everything that everyone has said...

    I agree with everything that everyone has said regarding american made pans, however I'm in the same boat as the original poster and last year I went with a 2x4 ebay pan because I had spent real...
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    Storing finish syrup in wooden keg

    Hey everyone, I have a question about storing syrup in a wooden keg. My brother is getting married this fall and he and his soon to be wife love the maple syrup we send back with them when they come...
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    Boiled our last boil today. We had 100 taps on...

    Boiled our last boil today. We had 100 taps on drop lines to pails, we got a total of 883 gallons sap. I will finish boil the last of the concentrate on Saturday to know just how much syrup. We'll...
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    So just to update on my oil barrel arch I built. ...

    So just to update on my oil barrel arch I built. Today was my first full day boil with it. I averaged 18 GPH. I used all dry pine firing every 6:45. I fed the 2x4 pan with sap that was heated to...
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    I dont run though any orlon filters because I...

    I dont run though any orlon filters because I hate wasting the syrup but more so because I don't like taking the time. I take mine from the evap through a cotton cloth to get rid of the big stuff,...
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    up until this year I used 4 steam table pans set...

    up until this year I used 4 steam table pans set down inside the fire to act as drop flue pans. I had a small pump system that would trickle feed cold sap into each pan seperatly. This was all on a...
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    If you use the sign posts with holes in them they...

    If you use the sign posts with holes in them they wont be able to fill with ashes to protect from heat will they?

    Has anyone considered filling the channels with sand ahead of time so that they...
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    We live in vesper Wisconsin. It's about 7 mi west...

    We live in vesper Wisconsin. It's about 7 mi west of Wisconsin rapids. How far from here are you trapper2? The kids really do enjoy getting out and watching the sap flow. Most of the trees that we...
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    Here's why we do it!!!

    Every spring I love getting out in the woods to tap the trees. We put in 102 taps today as a family (minus one since he was at a friends house). The weather was beautiful and the sap was flowing...
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    Spot on bigschuss

    Spot on bigschuss
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    my grate is made of 1/8" x 1 angle iron that is...

    my grate is made of 1/8" x 1 angle iron that is tured upward to hold the ash so it helps to insulate and minimize warping. I left about 1/4"-5/16" gaps between the grates so no big coals fall...
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    here is a picture of how I just made my door. I...

    here is a picture of how I just made my door. I made it so that where the hinges mount to the arch I can adjust them. This way if I replace the door gasket with something thicker or if I want to...
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    I really like the idea, one possiblity is to just...

    I really like the idea, one possiblity is to just tap one tree on site so they can see how the sap flows. The sap collected from that tree would always get dumped out but you could bring sap from...
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    One more question, my stack is a 7-in chimney,...

    One more question, my stack is a 7-in chimney, should I leave it as 7-in or reduce it down to 6-in for this rig?
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    Cjadamec, I see your sap enters the bottom of the...

    Cjadamec, I see your sap enters the bottom of the loop and sprials up the chimney, is there reason for this? In my mind, I planned to have the sap enter the top and then spiral down. As long as its...
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    Cjadamec, thanks for all the info about the pre...

    Cjadamec, thanks for all the info about the pre heating. If you have time and wouldn't mind posting some pics of your pre-heater I would appreciate it. How many wraps and what size copper do you...
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    Yes it is stove glass. I picked up two pieces of...

    Yes it is stove glass. I picked up two pieces of it on ebay for $25. I thought it was worth it to see the fire cooking. :)
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