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    jimbison, I suggest you test using a nylon...

    jimbison, I suggest you test using a nylon spatula rather than your scoop. The scoop has a hard SS edge and could scratch the bottom. Scratches can also lend an anchor for niter to attach to the...
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    According to research I think I read that CV taps...

    According to research I think I read that CV taps on gravity are of little advantage. I suggest seasonal spouts. I might however use CV spouts if on 3/16 drops, because since some of the sap in the...
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    For every season since I began in 2003, I have...

    For every season since I began in 2003, I have used a record book (composition type). Each year I start a new page. In the early years I onlyt recorded sap amounts and syrup made. As the years...
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    Back when I had about 100 buckets I took a 55 gal...

    Back when I had about 100 buckets I took a 55 gal plastic food grade barrel and cut it to slight above 1/2 the height. As I emptied the buckets into that barrel, which was positioned off the back of...
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    To my knowledge, all Sugar Hill caps have a foam...

    To my knowledge, all Sugar Hill caps have a foam seal in them. You were wise to question that.
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    The more dense a woods are, the lower the sugar...

    The more dense a woods are, the lower the sugar %.
    Sugar is made by the leaves, thin the woods and the % will rise.
    That being said, the sap sugar % varies by the season and even by the day. 2...
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    Russ, great information. When and if I need new...

    Russ, great information. When and if I need new membranes I will check out MES.
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    What basis are you using to tell you when the...

    What basis are you using to tell you when the niter is built up?
    I also have a Thor (set of pans), each year and even at different times during the season niter will be vastly different. I control...
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    If most of the caps were the same brand and same...

    If most of the caps were the same brand and same vintage, and they had foam seals, do not use the ones without. If the caps are 2 different brands or maybe even made at 2 different times, they might...
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    Just make sure your flow meters are in the...

    Just make sure your flow meters are in the correct range for sap. Your pump will not exceed the pump Ratings as you do a wash cycle. Even if the total pump flow in a wash cycle exceeds the flow...
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    Well, a roof over your head IS good. For siding...

    Well, a roof over your head IS good.
    For siding you can use 1-11, board & batten or many other choices. If it can be seen near your house, you might even want to side it to match your home.
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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...
  17. 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.
  21. 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...
  25. 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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