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  1. You need smoke to find the vacuum leak. Go around...

    You need smoke to find the vacuum leak. Go around the fitting with some smoke and it'll show ya real quick. I done this to find a leak on an outboard manifold once.
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    It's a sweet dilemma

    So I hope the season is as good for all of you just getting started as it has been for me. I have made my goal in syrup and my tanks and pan need cleaned, so I typically would just say I'm done and...
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    I think your concern is valid. I noticed one day...

    I think your concern is valid. I noticed one day the flow into mt float box wasn't what it should be and my sap in the pan was getting low. I had screwed the lid on tight on my head tank and not...
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    my condolences as well. I can't imagine loosing...

    my condolences as well. I can't imagine loosing a child
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    They always take a day or two to start after a...

    They always take a day or two to start after a hard freeze. Mine ran just a little Saturday on 3/16 and quit by sunset, but I bet they cut loose today (Sunday)
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    Glad to hear your making some headway against the...

    Glad to hear your making some headway against the bushy tailed devils. I had to declare all out war after they eat all my peaches last year and chewed up so much line.
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    MFarmall - Did you get those squirrels spiced up...

    MFarmall - Did you get those squirrels spiced up :lol:

    I had over 100 gallons of sap three days in a row off 78 taps on 3/16th. The biggest day was 130 gallons, but I pushed my little evaporator...
  8. Yeah, I understand Johnallin. It just seems kind...

    Yeah, I understand Johnallin. It just seems kind of an odd way of qualifying to make it stem density related instead of minimum tap and business related. Someone within a city limits and 30 taps on...
  9. I hope there is better definition then this in...

    I hope there is better definition then this in the bill. It's pretty vague and not many would qualify under this in my area. Does this mean your whole timber acreage has to have 30 taps per acre and...
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    A "Y" is not recommended and will interfere with...

    A "Y" is not recommended and will interfere with your flow, but you can do it. Is there a way to incorporate them into the run in any way. If they are at the top the lateral can be even or go...
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    Daniel, while your fabricating put a channel for...

    Daniel, while your fabricating put a channel for a drain at one end of those flues. You'll be glad you did.
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    On blow downs I usually start as close to the top...

    On blow downs I usually start as close to the top as possible and cut towards the trunk. That way your letting it down a little at a time. Watch fore what way a limb is pinching and cut a small...
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    I think it would be ok, but it won't be as...

    I think it would be ok, but it won't be as seasoned as cut and split. Cut some and try it, that's the best stest
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    Well for all the grumbling about small runs now...

    Well for all the grumbling about small runs now it's too much sap in a sap tsunami. Had 100 gallons this morning and the lines are all running like freight trains all day so tomorrow I may just drown...
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    Do you have access to a welder? I extended mine,...

    Do you have access to a welder? I extended mine, but a buddy done the welding for me. I spent around $60.00 -75.00 on metal and traded him syrup for the welding. I used 1/16" plate. If you ask the...
  16. I agree you may be creating nitre during...

    I agree you may be creating nitre during bottling. If your bottling off a range you need to pull the pot off the heat at 185, but it will still gain heat. I keep a thermometer in my syrup all the...
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    Some batch evaporators have a frame on the side...

    Some batch evaporators have a frame on the side that your pan slides onto, you could build one like that. You can also stop firing when at near syrup and finish on a propane burner. If it were me i'd...
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    I think it'll get hot enough. I have a flat on...

    I think it'll get hot enough. I have a flat on the front extension of mine and I keep a pot on it all the time, it won't boil but it gets darn hot. I actually keep sap in it. I keep my hydrometer...
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    They make rope splicing fids: ...

    They make rope splicing fids:

    https://www.amazon.com/rope-splicing-fids/s?k=rope+splicing+fids

    I use leader end hooks and I push a piece of electric fence wire through a length of tubing and...
  20. To quote "Tim The Tool Man" ...."MORE POWER...

    To quote "Tim The Tool Man" ...."MORE POWER ARRRRRR"
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    Back when I done buckets I checked every tree and...

    Back when I done buckets I checked every tree and noted the strong and weak producers. with lines I don't know unless I run a tap to a bucket.

    I've had some of those chronically low sugar trees...
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    yeah some won't take stuff if it doesn't have the...

    yeah some won't take stuff if it doesn't have the emblem on it, But our waste company has a collection point for recycled and they have never questioned taking mine. First time I asked the guy just...
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    Johnallin, I know what your saying about the...

    Johnallin, I know what your saying about the temps and sap running. I drained my pan and put my sweet in the fridge to break down and wash up. I went out at 1:30 and sap was running like crazy. I...
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    Some years it shoots right through filters and is...

    Some years it shoots right through filters and is crystal clear others it's slow and cloudy. your not doing anything wrong.I just got in the habit of double filtering all of it and I get all clear....
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    Tom you'd have to run a piece of tubing into it I...

    Tom you'd have to run a piece of tubing into it I gues
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