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    I have always understood the general concept, but...

    I have always understood the general concept, but it really drives it home when you put numbers to it! I didnít realize it could happen that fast!
    Thanks Dr. Tim!
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    Yesterday, I collected sap and pulled the taps...

    Yesterday, I collected sap and pulled the taps from the buckets at the same time. Had planned on having the last boil on Sunday, but the sap tank was half frozen! So yesterday was it. I have 6.25...
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    I have had trouble getting what I believe is a...

    I have had trouble getting what I believe is a reliable reading. The thermometer I am using mounts on the dividers, but when pushed down all the way, the protective metal frame is on the bottom and...
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    I used Tupperware containers, literally the kind...

    I used Tupperware containers, literally the kind you get at Walmart. The only problem was when they were full, the sides would sag outward. They need some kind of support, or just donít fill them...
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    Make sure there is nothing clogging your intake.

    Make sure there is nothing clogging your intake.
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    The first year we boiled with a divided pan, the...

    The first year we boiled with a divided pan, the dividers were only tacked on, about every six inches. This made it harder to work up a gradient. Donít underestimate how much sap will flow under...
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    I have occasionally used a rake to reach in...

    I have occasionally used a rake to reach in farther, upside down to scrape off the majority of it. I have a flat pan. I believe the hotter your fire, the less build up you get, too. I did notice a...
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    Toss the gun, keep the cannolis . . .

    Toss the gun, keep the cannolis . . .
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    I agree. I was planning on boiling this past...

    I agree. I was planning on boiling this past Sunday, but everything was frozen solid. Kind of hard to get a very large sap ice cube in the evaporator pan! On the flip side, at least it was cold,...
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    How ďdenseĒ is ďtoo denseĒ?
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    I am behind. Not tapped yet. Last week my...

    I am behind. Not tapped yet. Last week my friends and I installed the new double walled stove pipe through the new roof, my partner in crime is hopefully scrubbing out the sap collection tank and...
  12. I would say no, if for no other reason, the lead.

    I would say no, if for no other reason, the lead.
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    Depending on how big the RO ends up being, you...

    Depending on how big the RO ends up being, you can build a roof of sorts for the parts that need protecting from the elements, or make a small shelter, or just use a pop up tent!

    As far as...
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    Once my evaporator gets going good, I religiously...

    Once my evaporator gets going good, I religiously feed it every 10 minutes. Pile the wood next to the door, get the heavy gloves on, and go - openthedoorshovethewoodinclosethedoor - as fast as you...
  15. If you go between the next set of rafters, why do...

    If you go between the next set of rafters, why do you need elbows? Can you just move the evaporator over some? (I know that is easier said than done sometimes!!) I re-engineered my set up this...
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    Sounds reasonable. I made my RO10 kit portable,...

    Sounds reasonable. I made my RO10 kit portable, so I keep it inside when not in use, but will bring it out in the morning even if itís freezing, as long as I plug it in and start it right away. If...
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    Same. Got the RO10 bucket two years ago. Saved a...

    Same. Got the RO10 bucket two years ago. Saved a ton of time! And wood!
    I typically start the RO an hour ish before I light the fire, and it pretty much keeps pace with the boil.
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    Just a thought, and I’m sure you have your...

    Just a thought, and I’m sure you have your reasons, but why do you start your RO in the garage, only to move it, and your concentrate, to your sugar shack? Why not just start at the shack, where you...
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    Unfortunately, Iím not ready yet. Although, long range forecast in my area has a warm up late next wk, so I might have waited anyway.
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    I ordered a fixed cap but am having it made SS. ...

    I ordered a fixed cap but am having it made SS. I want to do this once, and not have to redo it next year. If the draft really is an issue, I will change it to a flip cap next year. but Iím...
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    I feel like I am so far behind! This past...

    I feel like I am so far behind!

    This past summer, the roof in the barn-turned-maple shack started to leak, so I had a metal put on. And what better thing to do while a brand new roof is going on,...
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    One more thought: To cap or not to cap? That...

    One more thought:

    To cap or not to cap? That is the question!

    I had a six inch stove pipe that started out with a cap, which got knocked off because it was thought that it restricted the draft...
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    Thanks for the thoughts! I am going to look into...

    Thanks for the thoughts! I am going to look into the appliance adapter, but also look at pricing one more piece of double walled. weigh my options.
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    hmmm . . good idea, but the boot in the roof is...

    hmmm . . good idea, but the boot in the roof is already over the evaporator. The main idea was to eliminate the bends, and go straight up. A small angle along the roof line probably wouldn't be...
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    I put a nice new metal roof on my...

    I put a nice new metal roof on my barn-turned-sugar shack this summer. Previously, I had a 90 deg turn out the window, and another 90 deg turn up for the 6" stack. You can imagine how much draft I...
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