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  1. Fishers, sent here from the devil!

    I thought squirrels were bad, but I have a resident fisher in one area that chews everything that crosses his path. He's bitten holes in my mainline, chews tees, tubing, saddles, etc. I found a...
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    I tried tapping bits from MES this season and...

    I tried tapping bits from MES this season and really like them. I'm not sure what brand they are but like almost everything they sell, they're less expensive than the others.
  3. No industry standard in end tees?

    I was surprised when replacing 1000 drops this season to find that the red end tees I bought are designed to loop around the right side of the tree. The brand I used previously were red and were made...
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    A friend of mine used to tap 175 trees with...

    A friend of mine used to tap 175 trees with buckets. They hauled their sap down the hill in a tank on a sled like you're talking about. One day they tipped over and dumped a full tank on the ground,...
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    I had planned to start tapping, but 20 plus...

    I had planned to start tapping, but 20 plus inches more of snow and -20f temperatures changed things a little.
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    I usually have 3-4 ft. of snow depth in my woods....

    I usually have 3-4 ft. of snow depth in my woods. I try to have my mainlines at least 4' off the ground and around 5 trees on a lateral. By the time you get to the 5th tree, to maintain slope to the...
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    The issue you might run into is finding a straw...

    The issue you might run into is finding a straw that will accept hot syrup. We've tried with cold syrup and it will mold in a relatively short time. We make honey straws using a plant based straw...
  8. /Users/stevehardwick/Desktop/Screen Shot...

    /Users/stevehardwick/Desktop/Screen Shot 2020-02-02 at 8.01.55 AM.png I used to use this from Tractor Supply when I had a liquid ring pump, it worked fine.
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    Are you talking about installing drops as well or...

    Are you talking about installing drops as well or just spouts? As far as tapping, I've done 100 an hour before or as low as 20, depending on the snowshoeing conditions. We always have 3-4 ft. of snow...
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    It looks good, you'll love tubing vs. buckets. I...

    It looks good, you'll love tubing vs. buckets. I dream of only 7"-8" of snow in the woods!
  11. I recently bought ONX hunt and find it very...

    I recently bought ONX hunt and find it very useful. You can mark and save lines, waypoints, etc. even compute acreage very easily. It's only $29 a year for one state. It also shows property lines and...
  12. Stainless valves are ideal, but I have 30...

    Stainless valves are ideal, but I have 30 mainlines and have only had one pvc valve fail in 8 seasons, so.....
  13. 20480 I found a better picture.

    20480 I found a better picture.
  14. I had a similar leak in the middle of the season...

    I had a similar leak in the middle of the season last year, I disconnected power and removed the cover and tightened a gland nut, problem solved. I'm several hours away from dealers, so I have to...
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    I installed all of my lines in the winter in 3'...

    I installed all of my lines in the winter in 3' of snow, many days were below zero. As long as everything is tight and lashed properly it shouldn't be a problem. I'd much rather do it in the summer,...
  16. 20479 You only need a valve and vacuum gauge at...

    20479 You only need a valve and vacuum gauge at the beginning of the mainline. Close the valve and watch the gauge to see if it drops, you'll find the leaks very easily on vacuum. I usually lash the...
  17. When we first started I found it difficult to get...

    When we first started I found it difficult to get info like this, so we posted some simple installation videos on our Facebook page to help other beginners. There are many ways to run tubing, but I...
  18. Our end of the season is late April when we start...

    Our end of the season is late April when we start to detect the metabolic chocolate taste in the syrup. We're so far removed from anyone who buys commercial syrup that it's not cost effective to...
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    PVC glue for releaser body?

    Does anyone know what kind of PVC cement is used on the releaser bodies? I have a cracked tube between the body and manifold that I need to replace.
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    Has CDL released any estimated boil rates for...

    Has CDL released any estimated boil rates for them? I'd definitely consider one if I were in the market for a new evaporator.
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    I'd recommend an Atlas Copco GVS 40A- 31cfm or a...

    I'd recommend an Atlas Copco GVS 40A- 31cfm or a 60A- 42cfm from MES, depending on potential increase in tap count. I have a GVS 100 and am very pleased, great service and they're great to deal with.
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    If I were in the market, I'd definitely consider...

    If I were in the market, I'd definitely consider the Venturi. It supposedly gives a more even boil and good boil rates, I'd like to see one in operation.
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    We live near a college and always get a few...

    We live near a college and always get a few college kids out for Maine Maple Sunday etc. Invariably I always get questions like,"have you considered switching to wind power or solar?" I'm like," our...
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    I think they have their place. You get much...

    I think they have their place. You get much larger yield in your area than is possible here. Even under high vacuum, a quart per tap is a good season for us, or anyone around here including 50,000...
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    I've always used straight seasonal spouts, new...

    I've always used straight seasonal spouts, new every year. I shut the vacuum pump off after the lines freeze, it makes zero sense to leave it running all night. Last season when I pulled taps, some...
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