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    heat tolerance of plastic

    New to using plastic but curious if there is a limit to bottling temp to not get an off flavor?
    I've read about the heat resistance of hdpe (#2) being pretty high, but is there max you dont want to...
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    I have one and use it at a bottler mainly. I cone...

    I have one and use it at a bottler mainly. I cone filter off the evaporator pretty much as syrup. Bring back to temp to check with hydrometer, and then run through filter press/canner. Just did 15...
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    the vacuum filter is nice because it's also a...

    the vacuum filter is nice because it's also a bottling unit. I have one, but cone filter off the evaporator as close to syrup as I can first. then before bottling, bring to temp to finish and...
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    got another 100 taps in on saturday on the old...

    got another 100 taps in on saturday on the old giant sugar maples at the Reed farm. They haven't been tapped in 60 years, and were flowing at 34 degrees right away. 3% sugar content out of them! The...
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    got 4 lines on the steeps done today in record...

    got 4 lines on the steeps done today in record time since i had a couple billy goats helpin and slipping and sliding on what little snow we had this week. makin repairs and replacing spouts. 3 more...
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    Tucker County

    was thinking of starting to tap tomorrow, since we are coming out of a short stretch of teens and single digits. But now snow is creeping into the weekend forecast, and longer range looks like more...
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    gotta think there are some at some of the...

    gotta think there are some at some of the cross-country ski areas in VT i was hoping to see.
    Thanks to the 'WV maple man' Mike Rechlin for facilitating, we have some at a cross-country ski farm...
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    awesome! have a great season! should run some for...

    awesome! have a great season! should run some for you in the next 10 days with this cold spell coming
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    maple lines across ski trails

    Anyone have photos to share of maple lines running across ski trails? preferably with snow or skiers in them :)

    thanks!
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    I know a few people that would do that, and have...

    I know a few people that would do that, and have done that on trees that big. With buckets though since they are in flat fields. They are gushers with high sugar content! I am no expert myself nor...
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    wonder what that dormancy period is? since there...

    wonder what that dormancy period is? since there were 29 days in Nov with the minimum temp below 32, and 24 days in Dec. And over 2 weeks where the high temp was never even above 32. (us weather...
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    Dr Tim, not sure how to title this question or...

    Dr Tim,

    not sure how to title this question or where to ask it, but it is kind of related to early tapping. Do you think longer spells of mild temps can precipitate trees budding abnormally...
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    That's the attitude in Canaan Valley! It's often...

    That's the attitude in Canaan Valley! It's often likened to VT in very many ways including weather. Just less money and cost of living :)

    ps. Tim, do you know mike rechlin?
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    George knows! :) ...

    George knows! :)


    https://youtu.be/ko3w02ycBwI
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    Based on what I have witnessed in the high...

    Based on what I have witnessed in the high elevation climate where I live in WV, which is similar to VT, I would throw out a guess that it could help extend the season. In the past 5 years we have...
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    We've had a little snow in Canaan that's been on...

    We've had a little snow in Canaan that's been on the ground for a week now. Been almost perfect sap running weather, mid thirties in the day, 20's at night! I've poked around the woods a little and...
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    yeah there is a number of threads here, some with...

    yeah there is a number of threads here, some with drawings, but not with a drip tray or anything. Here is a nice design using flashing. ...
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    steam hood pics

    I'm hopin to get a stainless steam hood made by a local tinner, and interested in seeing pics of the underside of commercial made steam hoods. Do they all have drip pans below the stack collar to...
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    here is a video that should show you everything...

    here is a video that should show you everything you need to know :)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4inzXni44k
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    not necessary. You can insulate the arch better...

    not necessary. You can insulate the arch better by putting ceramic blanket behind the brick though. Seems to help hold the bricks in place pretty well too when you are bricking it :)
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    I was just going to ask if adding a 500'...

    I was just going to ask if adding a 500' extension onto the 3/16" that is already about 700' would create any restrictions? I wouldn't be adding any more taps, but there will end up being about 600'...
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    consolidating 3/16 into bigger line

    Currently have some hill sides with 3 - 3/16 runs each (average of 500' and 25 taps on each) The collection tank is up a steep road that's dicey when snow packed. I have the green light to move the...
  23. I can tell you that the tree line around 4000'...

    I can tell you that the tree line around 4000' and above in canaan valley is *still* brown as of today, so I can see those trees just not running till everything else below is done, so probably not...
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    I don't think there is a specific distance the...

    I don't think there is a specific distance the last tap should be, however I know I have read that there should be 10' vertical drop between the last tap and the top of the tank for best results
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    what plastic is used in spiles?

    Hate tossing a pile of plastic taps in the trash. What are they made of? can I toss em in a colored plastic recycling dumpster?
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