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  1. I would still say to try and get the remaining...

    I would still say to try and get the remaining syrup you have from the other container checked for density. Couple other details. Does the syrup have the name of the producer? If so you could tell...
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    Maple River Sugar, After reading this again I...

    Maple River Sugar,
    After reading this again I might suggest leaving the hood on the rig and just lift the pipe. I have added a handle on the side of my steam pipe and hooked a boat winch to that and...
  3. OrangeAgain, You may never know for sure. But...

    OrangeAgain,
    You may never know for sure. But you can rule out the dog knocking it over!
    A lot of syrup is packed in glass, so that is not a new thing.

    The syrup could be a issue as far as the...
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    lowryd, Its all on here in a old thread. Using...

    lowryd,
    Its all on here in a old thread. Using the search function you should be able to find it. Was like 10 years ago. Wow time flies! I will see if I can find it but not sure I can make a link...
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    Bmeehan, Drawing off on either side can help...

    Bmeehan,
    Drawing off on either side can help clean the front pan of niter. But your plan will work fine. Just keep a eye on niter build up near the draw off area. I like your idea of drawing off at...
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    Sugar crystals are a bonus and we don't charge...

    Sugar crystals are a bonus and we don't charge extra for them!:) But the reality is that your syrup is over density and your giving the customers extra sweetness. If left to grow, crystals will break...
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    To my knowledge there is not a exact ratio of...

    To my knowledge there is not a exact ratio of rear to front pan. I have seen it all from a 6 foot rear and 2 foot front to a 6 foot rear and a 20 foot front. Your R.O. is now the work horse in your...
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    lowryd, I did build a Steamaway, (Water...

    lowryd,
    I did build a Steamaway, (Water Reduction Unit= WRU, thread on the build on years ago) it is not exactly like you described. Mine has 20 gallons of sap bulling over the hot tubes with air...
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    Pdiamond, Sounds like you have a nice operation...

    Pdiamond,
    Sounds like you have a nice operation to make syrup and have your family involved to enjoy it also!

    Yesterday was syrup canning day. 10 gallons of Dark and 10 gallons of Amber:...
  10. For_the_kids, Your doing great! Keep boiling!...

    For_the_kids,
    Your doing great! Keep boiling! They may not wrestle forever, but they just might make syrup for a long long time!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Folks, Just checking in. Only about 2...

    Folks,
    Just checking in.

    Only about 2 months till 2020 syrup time! I am looking forward to testing on the old King arch with the AOF in its new location in the arch. Hoping my boil rate may...
  12. For the kids, Hope you and your kids make some...

    For the kids,
    Hope you and your kids make some great memories making syrup. Maybe that's why my dad started making it again when I was a kid? Maybe he had the foresight??
    Anyway. what every you do...
  13. Bruce, All custom work here. But I used 2 inch...

    Bruce,
    All custom work here. But I used 2 inch PVC and added the large screw together unions. Works good for me.
    The gray one: This is the AOF but same concept,
    https://i.imgur.com/K6Q8qUo.jpg...
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    Looked at your video. Looks real good to me....

    Looked at your video. Looks real good to me. Maybe put a brick spacer under both sides of the steel front so the draft opening is at the bottom. Other than that Keep boiling! Start looking for trees!...
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    wyn, Maybe mentioned but if you can spring load...

    wyn,
    Maybe mentioned but if you can spring load it to over center back to the closed position then you can just have a pull cord to open and then lock the pull cord. That is how mine works, release...
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    Jared, Buckeye gold is right on the mark....

    Jared,
    Buckeye gold is right on the mark. Generally speaking hotter fire = better boiling.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Jim, Thanks for reminding me of the rest of the...

    Jim,
    Thanks for reminding me of the rest of the story about the Warren evaporator we had.
    So we had not made syrup for many years due to the condition of the Warren arch and also that one of the...
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    Noel, I dont have any good pictures of my...

    Noel,
    I dont have any good pictures of my homemade lid. It has worked good for almost 20 years and we get good draft when its open. Not so good when closed, don't ask me how we know that!:) Like...
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    Noel, I like the flip up cap style. I think you...

    Noel,
    I like the flip up cap style. I think you will get better draft on your arch. As far as embers, yse that can and still be a issue. I reduced my hot embers the most when I added the Air Over...
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    Jason, Change is good! You can now be a...

    Jason,
    Change is good! You can now be a consultant for most aspects of making syrup! Enjoy the time in the woods! Buckets are not a bad thing, and every one is a surprise when you walk up to it!...
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    Folks, Spent the afternoon fitting the sap feed...

    Folks,
    Spent the afternoon fitting the sap feed pipe and OS bucket fill pipe. This is much simpler set up, but I saved all the plumbing from the old system. Not sure why but may try cold sap and...
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    Blue Maple, Nice shots of your arch and brick...

    Blue Maple,
    Nice shots of your arch and brick work! I like it! Stable secure and ready for fire! Have a great year and Keep Boiling!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Folks, Cant remember a "bad" maple season! Just...

    Folks,
    Cant remember a "bad" maple season! Just some are better than others. Always good to have the rebirth of spring, sap flows, wood makes a warm fire in the arch, syrup boils and the sugarhouse...
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    Windy Acres, Thanks for the compliment. This old...

    Windy Acres,
    Thanks for the compliment. This old arch has seen a hard life and it needed some attention. The stove black "stealth look" is compliments of neighbor and sugarmaker Kieth T. Couple...
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    Pdiamond, Folks, I was lucky and harvested a...

    Pdiamond, Folks,
    I was lucky and harvested a nice doe on the last day of archery season last Saturday. It is in the freezer and in 10 lbs of venison kielbasi too.
    Probably won't do a test boil,...
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