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    We really like our 2x8. I dont have numbers on...

    We really like our 2x8. I dont have numbers on rates but I would say somewhere in the 50/hour rate depending on if we were running the RO or not. Smoke wasnt black...well depends what we were...
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    I feel your pain. Being on vacuum certainly adds...

    I feel your pain. Being on vacuum certainly adds another level of "babysitting" to this hobby. We dont get up to Sumner during the week so we are 100% dependent on nothing going wrong during the...
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    Hoping for another good run or two. We are very...

    Hoping for another good run or two. We are very close to a normal season, sitting at 39 gallons bottled right now. But a little more is always nice.
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    We cooked about 800 gallons of sap this weekend. ...

    We cooked about 800 gallons of sap this weekend. Just about 30 gallons of syrup completed which is about half way to a good season for us. If we can survive this week, next week is looking good.
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    Im hoping we can at least dip below freezing next...

    Im hoping we can at least dip below freezing next week to preserve the season a little longer. I too poked in 37 more taps today hoping to stock up while I can.
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    We ended up collecting 570 gallons Saturday. Got...

    We ended up collecting 570 gallons Saturday. Got the pans sweetened and pull out about 3 gallons of nice looking syrup. Looks like a good upcoming week after the Monday deep freeze.
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    Good luck on your first boil!

    Good luck on your first boil!
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    Completely agree. We can only get up to Sumner...

    Completely agree. We can only get up to Sumner to boil on the weekends and always have high hopes of full tanks. Luckily we have about 100 taps in Lewiston to get us going early and we finish out...
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    Glad to hear we arent the only ones in the area...

    Glad to hear we arent the only ones in the area having a slow start. We will boil this weekend but man the sap just doesnt want to release.
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    We have only done a test boil using water so far....

    We have only done a test boil using water so far. Sap will hit the pans this weekend. I think the biggest thing for us was not having to kill a fan each time we open the door to throw wood. So far...
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    The venturi fan is on or off, no adjustment. Its...

    The venturi fan is on or off, no adjustment. Its just measuring the stack temp so we know when to add wood. CDL recommends 750 stack temp so we will use this to monitor that.
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    Jealous of the modulating draw off. I literally...

    Jealous of the modulating draw off. I literally finished this one and saw those and wanted one. Another project for the future.
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    Autodraw with stack temp

    With our new CDL Venturi evaporator it became important to know our stack temperature. I took that opportunity to build a new autodraw controller with a separate stack temp controller. We had an...
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    Its always something. This is only the 3rd year...

    Its always something. This is only the 3rd year on this tree and I know Im not near another hole. Must just be a hollow spot. Oh well, plugged it off this this year.
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    Sucking air from inside tree?

    Has anyone ever run into this? I couldn't build any vacuum so I started checking my lines. Changed a few tees but nothing changed. Finally got a few pairs of vice grips to isolate parts of my line...
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    They are good little rigs. We have a few...

    They are good little rigs. We have a few systems. Just checked one here that has 80 taps on 5/16. 2 lines are pulling 27" and the others are 20-25".
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    We are about 60% there right now. About 200 taps...

    We are about 60% there right now. About 200 taps drilled in Sumner and all 80 in Lewiston. Still need to change about 100 drop lines and taps which will get done this weekend. Also need to wash...
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    Good idea. I try to open mine almost daily to...

    Good idea. I try to open mine almost daily to clean them out. They do collect quite a bit of gunk. I also broke my pumps down this year and scrubbed then inside. They was quite a but if nasty...
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    We got about 100 drop line changed out today. ...

    We got about 100 drop line changed out today. Tough walking in the woods. 2 feet of snow with a thick crust. Probably start drilling next weekend.
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    I always use a few wraps of tape with a brush of liquid teflon over that...a plumber taught be that and Ive never had a leak.
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    That sounds pretty darn close to what we have now...

    That sounds pretty darn close to what we have now for height and length so it might be ok as is. Thanks!
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    That number was a complete guess. I will...

    That number was a complete guess. I will probably upgrade to a 1" line. I hope that is enough because we have a whole manifold system that our RO hooks up to that allows us to run pure sap, connect...
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    Sap feed line size

    What size line is everyone feeding their evaporator with? On our 2x6 we used a 3/4" braided stainless line coming from our head tank with no problems. Now with a 2x8 we are questioning if this will...
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    We finally got our Venturi. Very nice unit, well...

    We finally got our Venturi. Very nice unit, well built. I will say that on the 2x6 and 2x8 a remote fan is not an option from CDL. We tested our fan for noise before even installing it and it was...
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    I am holding out at least another week on our...

    I am holding out at least another week on our Lewiston taps. Just got those all changed over to check valves yesterday and scoped out some more runs to put in. Sumner drop lines are 1/4 changed. ...
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