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  1. We like the 5 gallon jugs for ease of handling. ...

    We like the 5 gallon jugs for ease of handling. I’ve tried syrup from other producers that was a couple years old in 5 gallon pails and it was good, no off flavors. I do wonder if the syrup may...
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    Even if you change drops every year, if you...

    Even if you change drops every year, if you always keep them 12” you are limiting the area you can reach on the tree and tap. Try 3’ drops and you’ll stick with it.
  3. We have 2- 15 gallon stainless “turkey fryer”...

    We have 2- 15 gallon stainless “turkey fryer” pots used solely for syrup. Definitely try finding something stainless to store in until you are ready to bottle or hot pack in some sort of container. ...
  4. I don’t know if there is anything special about...

    I don’t know if there is anything special about the plastic jugs that maple suppliers sell other than being food grade but I’ve never see an issue with them whether it’s hot syrup stored for 2-3...
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    Read Carl's post above. He's the RO bucket guy. ...

    Read Carl's post above. He's the RO bucket guy. Looks like they are identical in capability but you should know what sugar content before you start up.
    Look at the RB25 kit as well. It's not the...
  6. 3' is a good standard. Sometimes I wish we had...

    3' is a good standard. Sometimes I wish we had some longer ones. Try it- you'll be able to get around the tree and different heights much easier. If you have a high lateral area and the drop is...
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    We started in a batch pan and now have a regular...

    We started in a batch pan and now have a regular evaporator. All else being equal, syrup in a batch pan will always be darker. The longer sap sits in a pan with direct flame to it, the darker it...
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    I poorly worded what I meant. The shurflos are...

    I poorly worded what I meant. The shurflos are directly connected to the mainline. There is no wet/dry set up with these pumps to create vacuum and their effectiveness is limited to 150 taps or so....
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    Use the 4008 or 4048 model pumps. The 4008 will...

    Use the 4008 or 4048 model pumps. The 4008 will do what you want to do and is less expensive. The 4048 is a little bigger pump with higher flow rate if you want to spend the money. We use...
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    Glad to see you guys found these deals, I’m...

    Glad to see you guys found these deals, I’m jealous! I’ll keep looking
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    Wesfab makes a good press at probably less cost...

    Wesfab makes a good press at probably less cost than CDL but not 100% sure on that. I am sure CDL makes a good press too. We like our 7” Wesfab press. We have a gear pump, but if we got it new it...
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    Oven cleaner and pressure washers do wonders for...

    Oven cleaner and pressure washers do wonders for soot. That’s what we use at the end of the season. Very little wiping with oven cleaner and paper towels to what little bit is left off.
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    Lol, that sucks on the gripple repair. Sounds...

    Lol, that sucks on the gripple repair. Sounds like a typical end to a day of working on maple lines :). Not sure what your angle was but if the angle is anywhere near or more than 90 degrees do what...
  14. Look at your woods and do some tap counts. Check...

    Look at your woods and do some tap counts. Check distance for 5-6 taps per lateral on each side. A dense area could be less than 100’ but it might make sense to spread that out if the maples are...
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    If our 3/16” line works good, I think I’m going...

    If our 3/16” line works good, I think I’m going to try:
    Year 1: all new with smartspouts
    Year 2: new tees and zap bacs
    Year 3: new tees only
    Year 4: all new again and restart cycle

    Only 34...
  16. This particular spot is just 1 row of big sugar...

    This particular spot is just 1 row of big sugar maples along a rock wall. It's just the 1 line to the tote, nothing else. Everything else around it is smaller oak and some beech. Southern facing...
  17. I'll let ya know. We are setting up 1- 3/16"...

    I'll let ya know. We are setting up 1- 3/16" line this year with exactly 34 taps on it. I haven't measured but probably 20' of drop or so. 500' long and will drain into a tote. Going to set it up...
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    Been taking advantage of no snow and working in...

    Been taking advantage of no snow and working in the woods. We got our new mainline up, 500' of 1" and 350' of 3/4". 28 laterals all hooked up for 146 taps. This one will be set up with a shurflo,...
  19. We do run a water/bleach solution through the...

    We do run a water/bleach solution through the pump at the end of the season then around 100 gallons of water at mid idle before we use it to pump sap the following season.
  20. Yes, good point. We also swapped out for a NGK...

    Yes, good point. We also swapped out for a NGK spark plug based on what others posted. Takes a little to start after sitting for 10 months but usually starts 1 pull once we get it going for the...
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    Ennismaple is right, remembering to pull the...

    Ennismaple is right, remembering to pull the drill out without letting up is key. I catch myself every now and then not paying attention. If you let off ever so slightly; you may get chips. We...
  22. How much sap do you need to move each time you...

    How much sap do you need to move each time you pump? The WX15 might be overkill. A WX10 will do what you want to do. That particular one you found says it's European and would need to be rewired...
  23. If you can collect at the bottom, run one 3/16"...

    If you can collect at the bottom, run one 3/16" line from top to bottom with 5/16" drops and put all 30 taps on that one line. We have one bush that is 34 taps along a rock wall and we are trying...
  24. I think you'll find that the general rule of...

    I think you'll find that the general rule of thumb and good practice is to put them on their side or upside down briefly. Maybe its not always necessary but it certainly doesn't hurt anything and...
  25. Whether you’re a hobby guy or have 100,000 taps,...

    Whether you’re a hobby guy or have 100,000 taps, if you care about production then “the woods is where you make it or break it” is the best advice I received.
    This really got me researching and...
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