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    What do you plan for siding? You look to be in...

    What do you plan for siding? You look to be in good shape, far better than when I built mine. That year I got a group of family and friends together on 12/31. We worked most of the day just to get...
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    I also have a lift system. Each corner of the...

    I also have a lift system. Each corner of the hood has a SS cable (1/8") attached. Then directly above each corner is a pulley. Each of the cables rout thru 1 or more pulleys to end up all in one...
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    6-8% will surely shorten your boil time, but it...

    6-8% will surely shorten your boil time, but it might tend towards darker syrup, if you go to 12+% it tends to get lighter. It all depends on what you want, my sales are about 3/1, dark vs. Amber &...
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    I have about 3 more loader buckets full before...

    I have about 3 more loader buckets full before I'm done. I was going to do them today, but my plans got changed to mounting the minute mount plow which only took 75 minutes, then I had a honey do...
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    Older pans were often equal length, such as 2' on...

    Older pans were often equal length, such as 2' on each for 4' total, but that was before R.O.'s. My arch is 8' long and it originally had a 3x2 syrup pan and a x6 flue pan. I ordered a new set of...
  6. Yes, just a little smaller. Then the cord joining...

    Yes, just a little smaller. Then the cord joining them is near one end. You might best get the concept by checking here: https://www.bascommaple.com/item/tubth/tubing_tools/ (likely others also...
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    If you look in the North American Maple Syrup...

    If you look in the North American Maple Syrup Producer's Manual for the areas where black maples grow, I think they are farther west than Vt, however they may do OK there if planted. I don't know. We...
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    From the 2004-2012 season I was off grid. (my...

    From the 2004-2012 season I was off grid. (my 2003 season was on my patio at home and I had grid power). I used a generator for power in 04-07. Then I started adding solar and ran on a combination of...
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    Many thing on our table have maple in them,...

    Many thing on our table have maple in them, Basted the Turkey, in the squash, in the pumpkin pie, on the vegetables. Likely more that I'm not remembering.
  10. I've had several types over the years, but I now...

    I've had several types over the years, but I now only use 2 types. For 2 hand tools I really like the LOAC tool, mine does both 3/16 and 5/16 with a quick adjustment. For repairs I just use a 1 hand...
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    I have most of my tubing between waist high and...

    I have most of my tubing between waist high and just a little over my head. Squirrels will mainly chew at trees, deer will chew in between the trees. I have no moose nor bears and have had no coyote...
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    A 12V DC diaphragm pump might work. You will need...

    A 12V DC diaphragm pump might work. You will need enough battery and the right pump. First determin what pressure you need to run at, then build it to fit.
    Another way might be to run a generator...
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    Keep sap in the pan and have the flames hitting...

    Keep sap in the pan and have the flames hitting the bottom hard. You will get the best boil if the fire is far enough below the pan so the mid tip of the flame hits. Just like when you solder, heat...
  14. DSD saddles will run 3/16 into 1/2", or any size...

    DSD saddles will run 3/16 into 1/2", or any size main up to at least 1.5" maybe bigger. Just order them for the size main you will have. That way the pull on the seal will be opposite the screw clamp...
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    That's how mine works too, except rather than a...

    That's how mine works too, except rather than a spring, one SS cable holds it just short of the balance point and the pull SS line holds it open.
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    I'm not sure who made mine, I bought it from...

    I'm not sure who made mine, I bought it from Bascom from their clearance bin. I later thought it was in there because it was designed poorly (no stop and the wrong position on the control arm), but...
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    My 2x6 had a flip cap which worked well, 2...

    My 2x6 had a flip cap which worked well, 2 cables, pull one it opens, pull the other it closed.
    My current 3x8 flip cap, not so. The operating arm that flips is welded wrong. Rather than try to cut...
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    I also think climate change is real but I'm not...

    I also think climate change is real but I'm not sure to what degree man caused vs natural causes. The earth has gone thru at least 5 ice ages, in between it got real warm and at that time there were...
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    I'm the farthest behind on firewood I've been...

    I'm the farthest behind on firewood I've been since I started. I likely have about 85% done, split and stacked. Today I worked on it for about 2 hrs, with one of my grandsons. Tomorrow I may do some...
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    What he said? Way over my head, must be you need...

    What he said? Way over my head, must be you need a PhD to understand it.
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    Sticky: That's not a cure, that's when you lose all...

    That's not a cure, that's when you lose all control and can no longer control yourself. At any rate, It's great fun.
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    I do like VT Maple, ask me in May.

    I do like VT Maple, ask me in May.
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    Sticky: Welcome TimS, glad you are here. We all started...

    Welcome TimS, glad you are here. We all started small, if we didn't join a family business. It grows on you, you will keep wanting to add more taps, it is a disease with no known cure.
  24. I leave it sweetened from first boil until the...

    I leave it sweetened from first boil until the end of the season with some exceptions. 1. To clean the pan I drain it into my draw off tank, then clean the pan, then pump the concentrate back into...
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    That's the beauty of maple, the sugar as long as...

    That's the beauty of maple, the sugar as long as nothing got into it that should not be there, the sugar is not ruined. Thin it back and make something great with it.
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