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    I was in at a local farm market today. 250 mL...

    I was in at a local farm market today.
    250 mL for $6.99
    500 mL for $11.99
    1 L for $19.99
    2 L for $35.99
    4 L for $59.99
    all plus tax, in Canadian.
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    Oh, and salt water in an engine, left to sit! ...

    Oh, and salt water in an engine, left to sit! That's scary!!

    A smart person would have cleaned that out. Or at minimum flooded it with oil.
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    Sounds like I am in good company here! I'm a...

    Sounds like I am in good company here!

    I'm a mechanic, 310S license in Canada. Light/medium duty automotive. People always want me to fix their stuff on the side, to same them some money. ...
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    I'm over in Lambton county, Wyoming area. I...

    I'm over in Lambton county, Wyoming area. I don't really price out syrup much since I don't buy/sell any. I've seen the prices up to $20/L or $55/4L.
    I should see what the farm markets have it...
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    I had a short run. Only collected sap for two...

    I had a short run. Only collected sap for two weeks, probably could have for a couple more days, but I would have had to closely monitor the sap as it was turning fast.

    Adding up the numbers, it...
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    Has anyone else seen the Organic Maple Water that...

    Has anyone else seen the Organic Maple Water that President's Choice has on offer?

    On sale it's $3 per litre.

    Going by that.... I should be asking over $100 per litre of finished syrup!!
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    Went out to pull the taps this afternoon. Some...

    Went out to pull the taps this afternoon. Some of the buckets had quite a bit in them, thought maybe I had some last sap to boil down. Went to dump out the first bucket and EWW!!! that stuff stunk!...
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    If the lids are sucked down and don't flex when...

    If the lids are sucked down and don't flex when pressed, they are sealed. They don't always make that lovely snap sound.
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    Mine was back and forth. Some days would run and...

    Mine was back and forth. Some days would run and stay completely clear, other days it would run cloudy. For the most part I was able to boil sap by the next day, so it didn't get too bad.
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    I just bottled my last batch. Another 9 L makes...

    I just bottled my last batch. Another 9 L makes for 30 L finished this season.

    I haven't pulled taps yet because it's cold and rainy out there and I don't wanna go out. If there is anything in...
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    Every year when people hear/see that I'm doing...

    Every year when people hear/see that I'm doing syrup they start commenting about how much they love syrup, how they wish they had trees to tap, that they'll buy syrup from me (or drop hints about...
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    They're calling for snow in the southwest!! ...

    They're calling for snow in the southwest!! We're under a flood warning with lots of rain predicted, with freezing rain and snow mixed in. :S
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    I collected 35 gallons today and it was running...

    I collected 35 gallons today and it was running quite well.

    I figure I'll pull the taps this weekend. I'm tired of watching pots boil all day. I have way more syrup than I'll use in a year. My...
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    Stock tanks are meant to be watering tanks for...

    Stock tanks are meant to be watering tanks for livestock. Sit on the ground and never move.

    Poly tanks that have lids and drain spouts and are food grade are what people should be using for...
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    I go straight from finished temperature syrup on...

    I go straight from finished temperature syrup on the stove, through the filter, and into canning jars. But if you're not filtering, you'll have to reheat the syrup.

    Have the syrup in a pot on the...
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    Sounds like the tsunami has headed your way! I...

    Sounds like the tsunami has headed your way!

    I pulled 40 gallons/152 litres from 20 taps in one day. I was totally out of storage, so any thing beyond that had to stay in the buckets. Been going...
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    I use a small, rectangular quilters frame to hang...

    I use a small, rectangular quilters frame to hang my cone filter. It hangs inside a bucket with most of the bottom cut out of it. Works quite well.

    The bucket was originally made into an air...
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    I had wanted to get one last year, but was done...

    I had wanted to get one last year, but was done spending money on this hobby. One just happened to come up days before I tapped.

    Value Village, Goodwill, etc are good places to peruse for...
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    It'd be a 7 hour drive each way, but come on over...

    It'd be a 7 hour drive each way, but come on over and get some sap. Please!!

    I had errands to run in town yesterday, and a fire meeting in the evening, so I didn't get much done at all. I filled...
  20. They chew my plastic lids! Haven't found a...

    They chew my plastic lids!

    Haven't found a dead one in a bucket yet, but there is definite tooth marks on the lids.
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    I bought an old percolator from someone who...

    I bought an old percolator from someone who posted in a local Facebook market. $20 for a 36 cup percolator. Old enough to be that avocado green that was so popular in the 70's.

    It heats up to,...
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    I boil to finish temp, dump it into the cone...

    I boil to finish temp, dump it into the cone filter (7 pre-filters, 1 orlon), which sits on top of a hot coffee percolator. I dunk my jars in hot water, and fill them immediately.

    I wash out the...
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    A local operation here advertises that if there's...

    A local operation here advertises that if there's steam coming out of the top of the sugar shack, they are open for visitors. If not, just visit the store and buy some syrup. No guarantees about...
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    I just went and collected. 20 gallons today,...

    I just went and collected. 20 gallons today, with a couple left in buckets because I ran out of space. I need to grab a couple more buckets.

    Sitting around 245 gallons of sap from 20 taps.
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    I figured I was getting about 28:1, on sugar...

    I figured I was getting about 28:1, on sugar maples only. Haven't done the math on the last run that I *just* finished. Gonna be off a bit since I had a boil over. :(
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