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  1. Thread: Ramp=draft

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    You mean like if you had an evaporator where...

    You mean like if you had an evaporator where there was no ramp, just like an even 2" all the way from the fire to the stack? Would that have worse draft? Is that your question?

    No, I don't...
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    Thanks! I'm making a little progress every year....

    Thanks! I'm making a little progress every year. And yeah, likewise.

    GO
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    I'm at around 880' in the foothills of the...

    I'm at around 880' in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.

    GO
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    Did you just mean to ask about Vermont? Gabe

    Did you just mean to ask about Vermont?

    Gabe
  5. Thread: syrup theif

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    I'm glad to hear it's not the climbers, but that...

    I'm glad to hear it's not the climbers, but that is amazing and depressing anyway, that so many people feel okay about brazenly breaking a common sense of trust and decency. Even on camera.

    Do...
  6. Thread: syrup theif

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    Wow that sucks! With all those cameras you must...

    Wow that sucks! With all those cameras you must have some idea who is stealing it? Tourists I imagine? Not locals?

    I'm a climber and I hate to think the climbing community could be so $****y.
    ...
  7. I've only been doing this for five years, but...

    I've only been doing this for five years, but I'll lend my voice to the chorus. I've had a few leakers, and I have to think that if I hadn't found that out by laying them on their side, they would...
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    Thanks, Russ. I have a bit of work to do before...

    Thanks, Russ. I have a bit of work to do before I tap, with a lot of new stuff for me this year:

    - New Mason 2x3 that I just did a couple boils on last season
    - Sugar shack now has a hole in...
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    Great, thanks eustis22!

    Great, thanks eustis22!
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    Thanks Robert! Anyone else with a regular flat...

    Thanks Robert! Anyone else with a regular flat pan want to weigh in?
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    Mason channel depth

    Random question for anyone with a recent Mason pan and evaporator. What is the depth of the channels? Or put another way, what is the height of the dividers between channels?

    Not sure if...
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    Regarding this part: This does not seem...

    Regarding this part:



    This does not seem practical.

    Cheers,

    Gabe O
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    As others have said, and as I think you know...

    As others have said, and as I think you know already - the trees and when you get the sap from them has much more to do with the taste than how you boil. If anything, you will get a very slightly...
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    I'm not sure if there's anyone I would want to...

    I'm not sure if there's anyone I would want to ask, but assuming there was, how would this work? I mean, there's 2" in the pan when I shut down the evaporator, and that reduces to 1" over the next...
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    I'm really glad several people raised that issue....

    I'm really glad several people raised that issue. If I left 3/4 of an inch in the pan and took off for the week, and then came back a week later to start a boil and found a tarry sludge stuck to the...
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    That's very helpful to know, thanks! GO

    That's very helpful to know, thanks!

    GO
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    55 gallon barrel cut in bung-holes?

    I'm planning to expand my operation a bit, and need to buy one or two 55 gallon barrels for sap collection. Seems like the optimum barrels would be ones where the top is removable for cleaning, but...
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    Hey Dave, Yeah, I've given tubing some...

    Hey Dave,

    Yeah, I've given tubing some thought, but at present none of the trees I plan to tap are up on the hill. If I ever wanted to significantly expand my operation, that would for sure be...
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    Yep, agreed. I'm all on buckets, so I try not to...

    Yep, agreed. I'm all on buckets, so I try not to tap too early. I do try to keep an eye on the forecast, and I typically get 1.5 to 3 gallons of sap my first week, but there have been years where...
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    Hey Dave, As I mentioned in the post right...

    Hey Dave,

    As I mentioned in the post right above yours (sorry, it was long, so I don't blame you for skipping it) I plan for 15 taps this year, and I have no electricity. I have the potential for...
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    Before I say anything else I should point out...

    Before I say anything else I should point out that I had a typo in my post (that I have since corrected). I have a 2x3, not a 2x4. Sorry about that.



    I know. I struggled about whether or not...
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    Yeah, longer-term, getting a stainless steel...

    Yeah, longer-term, getting a stainless steel cover made probably is a good idea. Sounds like from yours and other feedback - best to leave as much sweet in the pan as possible, and then it won't...
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    Once a week boil on divided pan

    This will be my first full season using my new Mason 2x3. Previously I did batch boils on a small homemade evaporator.

    I live two hours from my sugar shack/sugarbush, and I have family...
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    Definitely do this ^^^. For my first...

    Definitely do this ^^^.

    For my first homemade evaporator, made out of an old wood-burning stove, I did not insulate the inside. After three years of use it was so warped that the pans no longer...
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    That was a great idea. A friend of mine did that...

    That was a great idea. A friend of mine did that for a shed he had built. Unfortunately, the local high schools around me don't seem to have that.

    GO
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