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    Lookin' good Chris

    Lookin' good Chris
  2. Like others said, stay with the 2x6. If you...

    Like others said, stay with the 2x6. If you really want a newer evaporator, stay with the 2x6 size.
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    Although at first look I would be inclined to say...

    Although at first look I would be inclined to say porcupine, I am calling pileated woodpeckers. These are the big ones. I have a pair at my sugarhouse right now. They have an 8" red maple almost...
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    I'm confused. People use property line trees for...

    I'm confused. People use property line trees for fence posts all the time. Maybe I'm missing something.
    EDIT: I see it now. Took me awhile.
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    You will need about 65 gallons of permeate to do...

    You will need about 65 gallons of permeate to do a wash and rinse.
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    Thanks BAP

    Thanks BAP
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    For those using the 12" vac filter, what are your...

    For those using the 12" vac filter, what are your vacuum readings? My vac gauge reads 6-7 hg using a new 5 or 6 hp shop vac. Jus wondering if these are normal vac levels for this unit.
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    I tried a couple of these Leader buckets this...

    I tried a couple of these Leader buckets this year. I used metal roof style lids on them and they worked great. The buckets seemed a bit flimsy, though. When completely full they turn into a slight...
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    My 12" cdl filter also has a manufacturing flaw....

    My 12" cdl filter also has a manufacturing flaw. The draw off actually runs uphill and not parallel with the top/bottom of the tank. Not a huge deal as far as performance, just a noticeable flaw from...
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    Chris that arch at Jim's looks familiar

    Chris that arch at Jim's looks familiar
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    Had my last boil of the year this morning from...

    Had my last boil of the year this morning from sap collected yesterday. Made great tasting dark. Steam smelled better than the previous couple of boils. Pulled taps yesterday.
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    Nice, Chris. I'll definitely follow it.

    Nice, Chris. I'll definitely follow it.
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    I am waiting on pulling taps until after these...

    I am waiting on pulling taps until after these next two cold days. I think there is one more sap run. I boiled yesterday and the syrup still tastes great. Most around here have shut down due to...
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    Hoping for a good sap day, today. Looks like it...

    Hoping for a good sap day, today. Looks like it froze up good last night. Something amazing I realized last night. I have not had to add more than 3 drops of antifoam to my back pan total this whole...
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    I gave up on them a long time ago when one...

    I gave up on them a long time ago when one season, red squirrels destroyed almost 200 bags in a day. I put out new ones, and they did the same thing.
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    John after downsizing I now have the luxury of...

    John after downsizing I now have the luxury of choosing only my very best 150-200 year old trees.
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    Nate great job.

    Nate great job.
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    John I should hit 26-30 gallons. With 100 buckets...

    John I should hit 26-30 gallons. With 100 buckets that's pretty respectable I think. At least one more boil tomorrow maybe even later in the week who knows. I relearned what I already knew: gathering...
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    Same here John.

    Same here John.
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    Second night in a row here in Ashtabula County...

    Second night in a row here in Ashtabula County that we were supposed to get a good freeze and it never got much below 32.
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    My sap has been at 2% or higher pretty much all...

    My sap has been at 2% or higher pretty much all season, but dropped all the way down to a little over 1% the past 2 days. Almost not worth boiling 80:1 sap without an ro. If we dont get a freeze...
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    Bottled 18 gallons of some of the nicest syrup...

    Bottled 18 gallons of some of the nicest syrup I've made earlier today. Just a shade past light because it's a mix of everything I have drawn off this season. Sap becoming slightly cloudy but I...
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    I have drawn off about 12 gallons of syrup so...

    I have drawn off about 12 gallons of syrup so far. Sugar has been between 2 and 2.4%. I have not filtered yet. I am going to wait until this weekend for that. With the way things are going I hope to...
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    Chris I like to bottle larger amounts at one time...

    Chris I like to bottle larger amounts at one time and I was worried the 9" would be too small. Like the 9" this one can be heated on a burner, I'm just concerned the large site glass will cool off my...
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    My dealer allowed me to exchange the 9" (I never...

    My dealer allowed me to exchange the 9" (I never used it) for a 12". Sorry I wont be able to test the 9" version. I started a thread on my 12" filter.
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