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    Our sugarhouse is 24'x40' and we had a 2.5x6 when...

    Our sugarhouse is 24'x40' and we had a 2.5x6 when it was started. Mid-build an opportunity to purchase a 2.5x10' came about and I got it. I know, your thinking 24x40 is cavernous! Well, as stated...
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    Yes, I was looking for a chart/graph/calculator/anything saying if your concentrate was at "x" percentage, then your refrigeration should be no higher than "x" temperature. I was trying to gauge if...
  3. Dr. Tim, The aeration is only done on incoming...

    Dr. Tim,

    The aeration is only done on incoming "straight" sap, and not again when the concentrate is going into the bulk tank? The air is not "lost" or lessened during ROing? Or would...
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    That's a nice looking unit! I've thought about a...

    That's a nice looking unit! I've thought about a stack temp. unit for a while, but I'm no electrical engineer, lol. What are the components? Brand, sourced from where and price? What's involved...
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    This year was the first I've used them. They are...

    This year was the first I've used them. They are harder to remove than any other spout I've used, but that might not be a bad thing. And I'll have to agree that they are a little more troublesome...
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    Some trees you don't mind seeing go, but most...

    Some trees you don't mind seeing go, but most leave a void that you don't care for. And then there are sugar maples, and their loss affects a sugar maker much more than all the others combined. ...
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    I boil/fire normally right through the end of the...

    I boil/fire normally right through the end of the concentrate and a little beyond. The second the head tank empties, I put a little straight water in the tank. This does two things. It flushes the...
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    Very nice! Congratulations! You will be very...

    Very nice! Congratulations! You will be very pleased with it. Let us know how it's doing next season. -Steve
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    Late to the party here, so I only offer this for...

    Late to the party here, so I only offer this for comparison. I had originally planned to put my head tank in the loft. Went another route, but anyway, the attic trusses were designed and built by a...
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    That's interesting. I didn't know there was such...

    That's interesting. I didn't know there was such an uptick in backyarding due to the pandemic. I had to chuckle at the "sanity saving measure". It's true no doubt, but wait until they all start...
  11. Congrats on the new rig. It's always fun getting...

    Congrats on the new rig. It's always fun getting bigger and better equipment! But I also have to agree with the last two posters. If expanding, and possibly more expanding (which is how it's...
  12. Dr. Tim, I had not seen the chart you provided...

    Dr. Tim,

    I had not seen the chart you provided before with the freezing points of concentration. So I was wondering if there was a "not good enough" temp. for concentrates. Or put another way,...
  13. Dr. Tim, Any suggestions on what temperature...

    Dr. Tim,

    Any suggestions on what temperature any given percentage of concentrate should be stored at? Did you experiment any with different percentages and temps. when you got your tank? A lot...
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    I don't know what cast arch pieces may be...

    I don't know what cast arch pieces may be available for DIY retrofits. However, I know many guys who rebuilt existing arches or built new ones with mild steel, myself included. The key is...
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    That's a good and interesting question. I would...

    That's a good and interesting question. I would assume so also- since it would be like canning- preserving so nothing spoils. But I don't know if something "funny" would take place because it would...
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    I tried wiring strips of blanket to the round...

    I tried wiring strips of blanket to the round stock before I went with the rope gasket. It worked okay, but I wanted to get away from the wiring thing and the rope method was quicker and more...
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    Clever ideas. Do whatever to make them work! My...

    Clever ideas. Do whatever to make them work! My single-handed 3/16 tool did the signature spouts without issue. But my single-handed 5/16 Pruno brand tool did not. I had to grind down one of the...
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    Like Super Sapper suggested, I didn't like the...

    Like Super Sapper suggested, I didn't like the idea of nothing in between the pans on my 2.5x10 Lapierre pans when I got them. So I got two pieces of 3/8" stainless round stock 32" long and then...
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    I run and tighten lines just like Mead does it-...

    I run and tighten lines just like Mead does it- but I do it with my father and/or brother in law. And lately, it's either my father or me, or sometimes both of us, who end up in a pile somewhere...
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    We used a steel pan for years when I was a...

    We used a steel pan for years when I was a teenager just starting out. My father had a local fabrication shop make it. It made fine syrup, and I lived to tell about it, lol. Yes, stainless is the...
  21. My RO is in the basement and the sugar house is...

    My RO is in the basement and the sugar house is 300 ft. away and downhill from the house. I have some bulk tanks on wagon gears I put behind the house which I unload to, sap gravity feeds into the...
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    Rinsing the collection tanks out right after...

    Rinsing the collection tanks out right after emptying them is key. Letting sap sit in them only makes more work- a lot of scrubbing. And they don't look or smell very good after setting for a...
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    Ditto on all of the above. We did plastic...

    Ditto on all of the above. We did plastic buckets with tubing into them for years and they worked great. No bugs, tree parts, animals or other in the sap. Rocks, bricks and in the open, very windy...
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    Spoke to my local Leader dealer today, they are...

    Spoke to my local Leader dealer today, they are no longer going to be a dealer for them. Calling it quits after 20 years with them. Can't say whether Leader's woes helped that decision or not. But...
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    Good to see you got it. I saw the ad and told my...

    Good to see you got it. I saw the ad and told my father, "I hope a syrup maker see's that ad!". I had to do a few crazy things to retrieve some of mine, but overall they all went well.

    And...
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