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    Hi Aaron! I'm happy to help out here on the...

    Hi Aaron!

    I'm happy to help out here on the trader all I can, but I'm afraid I'm not much use to you in person. My sugar shack is near you, but my house is two hours away, so I'm not really a...
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    Thanks Dr Tim, this is really great info! ...

    Thanks Dr Tim, this is really great info!

    Cheers,

    Gabe
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    This is probably a very basic question, because...

    This is probably a very basic question, because I'm a total novice. What are the factors that you can use to guess relative sugar content of a tree. I have way more trees on my property than I have...
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    Pulled taps last weekend. Not the greatest...

    Pulled taps last weekend. Not the greatest season, but not the worst.

    I had one new thing happen - a bucket blew off the tree. I thought the wind had pulled the spile out, but it turned out it...
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    Me, my wife, and our two year old are holed up at...

    Me, my wife, and our two year old are holed up at home. Normally my wife and I both work, but my daughter's daycare is shut down. So my wife and I each take half a day. Neither of us are getting...
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    I take my syrup off the evaporator before it's...

    I take my syrup off the evaporator before it's quite done, and put it in containers to settle in the fridge for a few days. I dump the sludge, and then finish it and bottle using a coffee urn with...
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    For me it's been a bit more complicated. I...

    For me it's been a bit more complicated. I tapped on Feb 10. Despite predicted warmth, we actually got a prolonged cold spell when it never got warm enough to flow for me (foothills of the...
  8. I don't find it slow because I don't want to put...

    I don't find it slow because I don't want to put more than that in the evaporator at a time anyway, or risk killing the boil. To know how much I'm gathering, I just eyeball it as I collect it. I...
  9. I put the sap into my pre-warming tray a quart at...

    I put the sap into my pre-warming tray a quart at a time. I keep track of every quart that goes onto the evaporator.

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    I should be able to keep going through the end of...

    I should be able to keep going through the end of the month in the foothills of the Berkshires. Next week should be primo, at any rate. Hoping so, as I just got my new Mason 2X3 bricked last...
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    Wow, that's fantastic! Do you have any pics of...

    Wow, that's fantastic! Do you have any pics of your bricking? Do you have it bricked up the whole way back behind the wall?

    I've got all my bricks cut for my 2x3 XL, putting them in this...
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    This thread and other recent ones have convinced...

    This thread and other recent ones have convinced me to hold off on putting up my first lines for a while. It seems like sanitation on 3/16 lines is kind of a problem, and I think I can get enough sap...
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    This thread and other recent ones have convinced...

    This thread and other recent ones have convinced me to hold off on putting up my first lines for a while. It seems like sanitation on 3/16 lines is kind of a problem, and I think I can get enough sap...
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    All except for the two weeks in Feb right after I...

    All except for the two weeks in Feb right after I tapped, when it was super-cold! :mad:

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    Had my first really good run this week. I had a...

    Had my first really good run this week. I had a number of overflowing buckets when I got there. Average of 4.5 gallons per tap over the week. That's even though one bucket was half empty on the...
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    Here's a link to the thread where I discussed...

    Here's a link to the thread where I discussed this. http://mapletrader.com/community/showthread.php?28173-Question-sap-movement-using-two-steam-tray-pans As I mention in that thread, once I started...
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    I have a similar setup to yours. Don't think of...

    I have a similar setup to yours. Don't think of one pan as a preheater. You want both pans to keep a boil going as much as possible. Figure out which pan runs hotter, and slowly add small amounts...
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    Steve, do you batch boil? That means you keep...

    Steve, do you batch boil? That means you keep adding sap to your pan to replace the sap that was boiled off, until it all reaches syrup. This method will give you darker syrup than running sap...
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    Ha! That's usually a big part of it for me! GO

    Ha! That's usually a big part of it for me!

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    I'm in the same boat as Milton. I'm bricking my...

    I'm in the same boat as Milton. I'm bricking my arch too, and will be buying refractory cement. Will that work for attaching the arch board to the wall of the evaporator, or do I need to buy...
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    Ha! Thank goodness for partially frozen buckets....

    Ha! Thank goodness for partially frozen buckets. I just collected this weekend. Buckets were 1/3 or more ice, which I tossed. Remaining sap was up around 2.8%.

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    In my experience, yes, after a short time they do...

    In my experience, yes, after a short time they do fill first with coals, and then with ash. That's why I needed to expand the space between posts - that's where the air gets through.

    I have not...
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    2.3% from one tree, one day. All your big...

    2.3% from one tree, one day. All your big numbers make me weep with envy. My average is usually around 1.7%.

    All I tap are sugar maples, but many are crowded forest trees.

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    Oh, and yes, holes down. GO

    Oh, and yes, holes down.

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    I made a fire grate out of signposts as well. ...

    I made a fire grate out of signposts as well. You definitely need space between them. I built mine with insufficient space between posts and the holes got plugged with ash and coals, and my fire...
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