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    Get rid of the slide releaser and get a regular...

    Get rid of the slide releaser and get a regular Lapiere releaser. I had one of the Bernard slide releasers and it was nothing but trouble

    Joe
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    I have a 2 post Lapierre RO with 7 year old...

    I have a 2 post Lapierre RO with 7 year old membranes. I get the membranes washed at Lapierre every year costing $153. per membrane. This year's "dirty" test was 96.4% and 98.5%. Both clean were...
  3. The syrup hydrometer with syrup at 211 is the...

    The syrup hydrometer with syrup at 211 is the best route to go with in my opinion. I have refractometer and do not use it on hot syrup off the evaporator. The hydrometer is fool proof. Always buy 2....
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    From my experience, squirrels will nick, make a...

    From my experience, squirrels will nick, make a small cut or chew a whole or chew off a 5/16 line or chews large holes in main line or chew on saddles. Deer will raggedly chew 5/16 line with their...
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    Drew, Yes, the same Joe. The fishers bite and...

    Drew,
    Yes, the same Joe. The fishers bite and chew the lines. You can see the two fang punctures about an inch or so apart top and bottom of the tubing.They do not nick or cut them off like...
  6. This will be my 18th year boiling and I have...

    This will be my 18th year boiling and I have never had as much foam as I did on my first boil sweetening the pans. Even though I put in a normal amount of defoamer at the start, I couldn't believe...
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    I spent 9 1/2 hours on Thursday and Friday fixing...

    I spent 9 1/2 hours on Thursday and Friday fixing fisher chews on 304 taps on a 1,500' long 1" mainline. I did 81 repairs from replacing multiple chewed drops to 15' long sections of completely...
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    Chad, In my opinion your plan is way...

    Chad, In my opinion your plan is way overestimating the benefits of the prescribed burn. By burning the leaf litter, you will be destroying the natural fertilizer and more importantly, destroying any...
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    I have always heard that sugar maples are easily...

    I have always heard that sugar maples are easily damaged by even small fires. There was a ground fire started by kids in part of the sugar woods I bought in 2003 and there were quite a few sugar...
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    I purchased my 3" SDR 26 PW water pipe at a local...

    I purchased my 3" SDR 26 PW water pipe at a local water works piping supply company. There should be one in your locality.

    Joe
  11. Ken, Are you certified organic? I think that the...

    Ken, Are you certified organic? I think that the type of defoamer you use would influence which automatic dispenser that you should purchase. I use Atmos defoamer in my operation. As you know, it is...
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    When I expanded in 2014 and added a remote woods...

    When I expanded in 2014 and added a remote woods with 2,100 more taps, I ordered a sap tank that gave me 1.8 gal per tap storage, 3859 gal. I should have gone bigger for that once a season sap flood....
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    Eustis, It does not matter if you tap using...

    Eustis,
    It does not matter if you tap using vacuum or just gravity. Each tap hole using either method causes the tree to seal off the wounded area around the tap hole. The longer the drop the more...
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    There is a few confusing parts in your post....

    There is a few confusing parts in your post. First of all, whether your drop is 1' long or 40" long, you will get the same amount of sap from the tap hole as long at you hit white wood when drilling...
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    I have been using 40" drops for 7 years. This...

    I have been using 40" drops for 7 years. This allows you to access a wider tapping band to keep your spouts holes far apart and give you access to new wood and eliminate the chance of hitting brown...
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    If you go to SUPPLYHOUSE.com, you can get a 3 x...

    If you go to SUPPLYHOUSE.com, you can get a 3 x 1/1/4" reducing bushing for $2.61. Supplyhouse has the widest selection of PVC fittings, valves, ss fittings at the best prices. At least 30% lower...
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    When I was getting organized to set up 2,200 new...

    When I was getting organized to set up 2,200 new taps at my remote woods, I had a survey map that I used to analyze both types of mainline layout. The traditional layout required 12,600 feet of...
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    At my sugar house the elevation is 600'. The...

    At my sugar house the elevation is 600'. The woods rise from 520' to 640'. 3/4 of the woods is East and South facing. These woods start early and finish early. My remote 2,300 taps 4 1/2 miles away...
  19. Thread: preheater

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    Not to offend anyone posting about the subject of...

    Not to offend anyone posting about the subject of using copper, BUT, when you are dealing with the FDA, they don't care if you think copper is OK and that there is no lead in copper tubing. If the...
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    Bill M. Not to be contrary but, in the new...

    Bill M.
    Not to be contrary but, in the new Vermont Sugarhouse Certification Checklist, the number one item on the checklist is "Lead Mitigation" and last item in this section is "No copper in...
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    According to upcoming new Vermont Sugar House...

    According to upcoming new Vermont Sugar House Certification program, using copper is not allowed. There is supposedly some lead in copper piping.

    Joe
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    When I first started with main lines and tubing...

    When I first started with main lines and tubing in 2003, I was sold 14 gauge tie back wire to use on 9 gauge main line wire. Over time, what I found out with trees and branches falling on my main...
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    In 2010 I decided to try pulling the taps on my...

    In 2010 I decided to try pulling the taps on my red maples to try to extend the season without worrying about buddy syrup. I pulled the reds 6 days before my last boil. At the time, I had 924 taps...
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    I have a CoOperative Insurance Company Mini-Farm...

    I have a CoOperative Insurance Company Mini-Farm policy which gives me full coverage for my sugaring operation including product liability. The Mini-Farm policy has very comprehensive coverage. Their...
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    After working for several years to eliminate 3...

    After working for several years to eliminate 3 sap ladders in my sugar house woods, I would suggest getting a good transit and determining the grade drop that you have to figure out if you have...
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