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  1. Thread: 2020 seva

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    Got about 200 gallons of sap from 136 taps today....

    Got about 200 gallons of sap from 136 taps today. Went back and looked at my records from last year and saw that I'm really only 3 days behind last year for collecting my first sap of the season....
  2. Thread: 2020 seva

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    Dunno how much cold is making it down your way,...

    Dunno how much cold is making it down your way, but next couple weeks looks like the best I've seen this year (though still not quite ideal. Planning to tap tomorrow, which is a couple weeks later...
  3. Thread: 2020 seva

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    I'm banking on some cold shots coming late this...

    I'm banking on some cold shots coming late this month and first of March. Made syrup right up til the end of March last year, and I'm strongly suspicious that we'll see some cold here in the next few...
  4. Thread: tapping 2019

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    Pulled taps 2 days ago. Never expected season to...

    Pulled taps 2 days ago. Never expected season to last this long! :) Made 25 gallons of syrup from 94 taps (would have been 2-3 gallons more, but sweet in pan got ropey once toward end of season). Had...
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    I don't think a fuse really protects the...

    I don't think a fuse really protects the equipment. It is mainly to protect the wiring. I don't know what size leads you have coming off the pump, but I suspect it's 18 ga or larger, which would mean...
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    I used a "bounce house" blower for the AOF/AUF...

    I used a "bounce house" blower for the AOF/AUF blower for my 2x6. Idk if you want that much air for AUF in an OTE, as it will effectively blow a lot of wood out the chimney. I purchased my blower...
  7. Thread: tapping 2019

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    Not surprised that those further south are...

    Not surprised that those further south are getting too warm. Been marginal here.

    Gathered 175 gal of sap yesterday and took the day off work today and boiled it down to 4.5 gallons of syrup (we...
  8. Thread: tapping 2019

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    I tapped Feb 8, but didn't have enough sap to...

    I tapped Feb 8, but didn't have enough sap to gather til the 14th. Got 240 gal of sap from 94 taps on the 14th-16th. I like to tap about the first of February, but temps here in the Shenandoah...
  9. I knew that line was gonna get me in trouble!...

    I knew that line was gonna get me in trouble! Almost reworded it, but very little of the heat "flows" from the firebox to the ashbox. Certainly not enough to ruin my post with advanced thermodynamic...
  10. The purpose of firebrick is to protect the...

    The purpose of firebrick is to protect the insulation from being damaged by the wood. Thus, it's fine to leave your brick well below the top of your arch if the ceramic blanket will hold itself in...
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    It appears to me that you know how you plan to...

    It appears to me that you know how you plan to use the shack and what your options are for expanding in the future. A 2x5 with an RO should easily handle 150 taps, so either size will be fine. I...
  12. Thread: Fire bricking

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    Heat rises. I don't think you have to worry about...

    Heat rises. I don't think you have to worry about heat going out the bottom. Ever seen people standing around a fire in the middle of a frozen lake? Very little heat goes down.
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    Yes, I could have had a decent run or two if I...

    Yes, I could have had a decent run or two if I had tapped, but I haven't gotten my new arch built yet. Gotta get going!
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    I think I made mine 4" long. As far as spiles, I...

    I think I made mine 4" long. As far as spiles, I used the Sapmeister bucket spouts (these) and was quite pleased with them.
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    You could weigh them. A pint is 16 oz, quarts are...

    You could weigh them. A pint is 16 oz, quarts are 32 oz, etc.
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    GeneralStark, you are correct in your assumption...

    GeneralStark, you are correct in your assumption that I have never been to Quebec, yet you actually proved my point. Québec has a culture that includes maple syrup. America (except for a small...
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    Those numbers certainly look great, but how much...

    Those numbers certainly look great, but how much of the story are they really telling. I'll bet the vast majority of Québec's population lives within driving distance of a maple producer. Here in...
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    I thought niter would precipitate out at anything...

    I thought niter would precipitate out at anything over 190. :confused:
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    We are using a 2x4 continuous flow flat pan. The...

    We are using a 2x4 continuous flow flat pan. The first year we hastily propped it up on blocks. This year my cousin made a steel "arch" to put inside the block (his idea - he doesn't spend time on...
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    It depends on how/when you boil. I know Minnesota...

    It depends on how/when you boil. I know Minnesota weather is a bit different than VA weather, but we found out the hard way we can't leave sweet in the pan for more than 3 or 4 days. It can take 75+...
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    Fire requires 3 things: heat, fuel, and oxygen....

    Fire requires 3 things: heat, fuel, and oxygen. The purpose of AOF is to inject enough oxygen to thoroughly burn any fuel that remains. If you have enough heat and oxygen, no fuel will leave the...
  22. It all comes down to your individual situation. I...

    It all comes down to your individual situation. I work 40 hours per week 45 minutes from home. I collect sap 30 minutes from home (different direction than work). I don't have a lot of time to boil,...
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    The progression goes something like this Year...

    The progression goes something like this

    Year 1: 6 taps, turkey fryer, 3 qt syrup
    Year 2: 20 taps, 4 steam pans, 5 gal syrup
    Year 3: 50 taps, 2x4 flat pan, 15 gal syrup
    Year 4: 200 taps, 2x6...
  24. Abbott, I have zero experience with vacuum, but I...

    Abbott, I have zero experience with vacuum, but I have had sap saks running over in 36 hours (about 3 gallons). Granted, that's an unusually good run, but it did happen on my last run this season,...
  25. If you figure 2gpt per day, 800 taps could...

    If you figure 2gpt per day, 800 taps could produce 1600 gallons of sap. If you remove 3/4 of the water with an RO, you would have 400 gallons of concetrate to boil, which could be accomplished in 10...
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