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    Thanks guys. Appreciate it.

    Thanks guys. Appreciate it.
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    5/16 tubing life

    I am running 5/16 lateral tubing connected to 20 to 50 trees each run (gravity and lunchbox vacuum) and wondering when to replace the tubing. What is the normal life of the tubing when it is...
  3. Need small vacuum/releaser like the lunchbox

    I have been using the Lunchbox vacuum/releaser air powered system to draw vacuum on my reds over the last couple of years. Wanting to expand into some other bushes I purchased gas powered air...
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    Urgent boiling advice needed

    I started up my evaporator today and things were going according to Hoyle when I began to hear banging from the pans. The sap level was below the top of the flutes by several inches. I flooded the...
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    Definitely tap them. 75% of my taps are on reds...

    Definitely tap them. 75% of my taps are on reds and everybody loves my syrup. My yields are low because I run gravity tubing picking up 20 to 22 trees (one tap per tree) per gravity line running a 2%...
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    I am seriously thinking about putting my taps in...

    I am seriously thinking about putting my taps in this weekend to take advantage of the next 10 days which look promising. That will be more than a month earlier than usual and am wondering whether I...
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    Yes, but I wonder if it would continue to draw...

    Yes, but I wonder if it would continue to draw once it is flowing. Let's say I started one tree at the far end of the line fairly high, and then ran the rest fairly level. Once the line was full, I...
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    I have 19 gravity lines connecting approximately...

    I have 19 gravity lines connecting approximately 20 trees per line running into 10 gallon totes. Each line is several hundred feet long, all 5/16. The bush is completely flat, red maples in water. I...
  9. I just finished my first season with a fully...

    I just finished my first season with a fully loaded 2 1/2 x 8 Smoky Lake Silverplate. I purchased it with hoods, preheater, reverse flow syrup pan, and auto-drawoff (with stack temp monitoring). I...
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    Large pan removal for cleaning?

    This is my first year with a 2 1/2 x 8 ft Smoky Lakes Silverplate evaporator. My previous hobby evaporators were small enough that I never considered anything other than removing the pans to clean...
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    Thanks for all the feedback people! I managed to...

    Thanks for all the feedback people! I managed to do the mortaring during our heat spell (5 degrees C) over two days. Then, as suggested above, I put an electric heater in there with a wooden cover...
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    Splits vs Fulls. I assume splits are the half...

    Splits vs Fulls. I assume splits are the half thickness? I'm not familiar with that term. My last unit had half thickness. I just assumed that was the norm? This is a forced air unit and will run...
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    Curing temperature for refractory mortar

    I am about to receive my new Smoky Lake 2.5 x 8 evaporator. I will need to install the fire bricks and am wondering if there are any temperature constraints. I have a few days above freezing when I...
  14. Well Nate, I owe you considerable thanks. I...

    Well Nate, I owe you considerable thanks. I hadn't heard of Smokey Lake until I read your posting. Yesterday I ordered a 2 1/6 by 8 Silverlake with reversing syrup pan, hood, and preheater. November...
  15. I have exactly your setup (Lapierre 18x60 Junior)...

    I have exactly your setup (Lapierre 18x60 Junior) and just YESTERDAY ordered a 2 1/2 x 8 Smokey Silverplate airtight with hood, preheat and reversing syrup pan. I am very excited. I expect delivery...
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    Air tight arch warping?

    I am in the final stages of selecting a 2 1/2 x 8 evaporator with arch. I have been getting quite excited about the output of an airtight arch. I seem to be down to two manufacturers. The dealer,...
  17. Neil, in your experience is that service...

    Neil, in your experience is that service necessarily local? In other words, is the service you have experienced needing been the type that your dealer can provide over the phone and with shipping? My...
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    I also use Marasca bottles and I fill to the top...

    I also use Marasca bottles and I fill to the top but have never had a cap pop. I tend to agree that perhaps you are over tightening.
  19. Over cleaner for cleaning burnt on syrup in pans?

    I am getting my Lapierre Junior ready for sale and want to get the pans clean as new. I noticed in a D&G user manual that they advise using cold oven cleaner for cleaning off the really burnt on...
  20. CDL vs Lapierre vs Patrick Phaneuf vs D&G - 2.5 x 8 Recommendations please

    I'm moving up from my Lapierre Junior 18x60 as it can't keep up with my 300 taps. I am considering
    - Lapierre Storm 2.5 x 8
    - CDL Traditional 2.5 x8
    - Patrick Phaneuf Pro Delux 2.5 x 8 (assuming...
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    Draft door opening?

    I have an 18x60 Lapierre Junior. I read somewhere else in the forum that opening the draft door too wide may not be optimal. I leave mine open full. Can anybody suggest the science behind draft...
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    Maplebird, I have the same evaporator (with the...

    Maplebird, I have the same evaporator (with the same syrup level control problems). I would like to add a blower. What did you use and how did you fit it?
  23. Digital thermometer in coffee urn for bottling

    I am looking for a recommendation for a digital thermometer ....

    I use a 100 cup coffee urn with an old galvanized sap bucket with its bottom cut out fit into the urn lid. A felt and paper cone...
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    I split most wood into quarters just to get them...

    I split most wood into quarters just to get them into the shed and dry. I will have to split them again prior to burning them. I have a splitter right there and I split a couple tubs of wood between...
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    10532 This is all ash, 3 faces deep. Last year...

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    This is all ash, 3 faces deep. Last year I used 2.5 faces, so I hope to use it all this year. The three piers keep the faces from falling forward - structural elements. I will need to...
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