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    I just run mine 24/7 as well. It doesnít take much power and if itís moving it doesnít get damaged by a freeze up. Be sure to get a 12 volt dc model. The brushes on the 115 volt motors donít...
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    If you have low slope, 5/16 ( not 5/15, that was...

    If you have low slope, 5/16 ( not 5/15, that was an oops!) you will do much better than with 3/16. Since this is one long shallow slope with only a couple feet of drop over 275', the natural vacuum...
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    That is pretty flat. Don't bother with 3/16, it...

    That is pretty flat. Don't bother with 3/16, it is actually bad on flat runs of any length. If you can get a steady drop over that 275' length, try a 5/15 line pulled tight sloping down towards...
  4. We buy 8oz bottles by the pallet load ( 80 cases)...

    We buy 8oz bottles by the pallet load ( 80 cases) each year from SKS. They have the best prices we have found and shipping is free for an order of that size. Maybe someone near you does the same and...
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    Search for ropey syrup here and you will learn...

    Search for ropey syrup here and you will learn all about it. When i have had that problem, it was after a few warm days where I didn't get any sap and the pans sat too long without firing them up...
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    We have over 300 gallons hanging on the trees so...

    We have over 300 gallons hanging on the trees so I went down to check it. A test boil showed clearly that that was buddy too, so no good.
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    All sugars. The sap I checked was fresh off the...

    All sugars. The sap I checked was fresh off the tubing system, which are generally higher in elevation and bud earliest. Maybe if I tried some sap from the sacks it would be better.

    I'm...
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    We have a flood of sap since the snow and cold,...

    We have a flood of sap since the snow and cold, but a test boil showed buddy smell and flavor. So we are done. Just shy of 50 gallons for the season.
  9. If it's of interest I can share an Excel...

    If it's of interest I can share an Excel spreadsheet that will help in sizing AOF systems. Based on number and size of the nozzles and the outlet pressure of your AOF blower, it calculates the exit...
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    The benefit of AOF is to burn the unburned gas...

    The benefit of AOF is to burn the unburned gas after it leaves the proximity of the fuel. In a 2x6 or larger, that burning happens under the flue pan when the air jets vigorously mix in new oxygen....
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    If your filter cake is dark brown and a bit slimy...

    If your filter cake is dark brown and a bit slimy it is possible that you are not using enough DE or maybe you have some ropey syrup . Also, keep the press hot between batches.

    As mentioned,...
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    We just bottled 7 gallons of syrup recovered with...

    We just bottled 7 gallons of syrup recovered with this method. Out of the evaporator it was unfit for human consumption. Strong musty smell, flat flavor and nasty aftertaste. This was early...
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    After the last couple of frustrating years, you...

    After the last couple of frustrating years, you must be very pleased! Running out of wood is a good way to finish. Expectations exceeded!
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    We had a couple of good runs over the last few...

    We had a couple of good runs over the last few days with the freezes. Made 10 or 15 gallons of light syrup, which we haven't seen for a few years here. Some of our earlier syrup had metabolism off...
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    clever! My float came with a screw for fine...

    clever!

    My float came with a screw for fine tuning. We typically don't need to adjust it for level changes though.

    Another thing you could consider is moving your head tank higher, so...
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    Not a bad idea, but as a bottler there is no big...

    Not a bad idea, but as a bottler there is no big advantage and you need to deal with oil without contaminating your syrup. As a finisher, you would have a pretty poor boil rate with only 80į F...
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    My arch started life as a 2x6. It has since been...

    My arch started life as a 2x6. It has since been stretched to a 2x8. Like others, I made the firebox a little short. It is about 20" deep and I wish it was 24. I should have stretched it on the...
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    In risky conditions, do what you can to minimize...

    In risky conditions, do what you can to minimize them. Burn only hardwood and reduce underfire air flow a bit with an inlet restriction or blast gate.

    Also, adding AOF dramatically reduced the...
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    Option 2, Similar to my 2x8 from Smoky Lake. ...

    Option 2, Similar to my 2x8 from Smoky Lake. Works great.
  20. From your photo, it looks like your pan is made...

    From your photo, it looks like your pan is made of fairly thick stainless. If so, that can reduce evaporation efficiency quite a bit.

    And don't forget to put a drip tray to catch all the...
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    I have 11 years on my angle steel grates. Open...

    I have 11 years on my angle steel grates. Open side up. Let it fill with ash, no need for sand. Make sure you always have draft air coming up through so there are never coals lingering. I did...
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    I think if you clean everything up and start with...

    I think if you clean everything up and start with fresh sap you should be fine. The problem starts in stored sap or sweet in the pans, not in the trees. I suppose if you had a lot of sap in...
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    We have had some metabolism off flavor this year...

    We have had some metabolism off flavor this year too. I had some of this 20 years ago, but this is the first time since then.

    Look at the papers on the Proctor site for a good description and...
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    Our season looks to be winding down and it has...

    Our season looks to be winding down and it has been an interesting one. Last year we had record production. Not so lucky this time. We will have plenty of syrup, but have several batches with...
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    Take a thermos of very hot water and heat up the...

    Take a thermos of very hot water and heat up the tubing end just before putting on the fitting. Very doable for that few.
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