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    Silver Creek is close to me and they built a...

    Silver Creek is close to me and they built a cover for my pan but I don't have experience with their evaporator. The owner is experienced and professional. They also do custom work if you want...
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    The pictures are great. Thanks for posting!

    The pictures are great. Thanks for posting!
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    My understanding is that it's important for the...

    My understanding is that it's important for the finishing sap to syrup make contact with the flat pan to get good caramelization of the sugar.
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    That's exciting. Would love to see pics. Make...

    That's exciting. Would love to see pics. Make sure to report back when season starts.
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    Yes. Bill's pan is very nice! I had never seen...

    Yes. Bill's pan is very nice! I had never seen a raised flue hybrid pan before.
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    On a 2x4 you will have 5 gallons for every inch...

    On a 2x4 you will have 5 gallons for every inch in the pan.
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    In the early season when it is cold I would only...

    In the early season when it is cold I would only catch about a gallon for container #1 and leave the rest in the pan for the week. The sap in the pan will freeze on top but be liquid on the bottom. ...
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    Leader 2x4 Vermonter Raised Flue

    In the new Leader catalog I see they are now offering a 2x4 Vermonter pan. What caught my eye was that it is a raised flue. At first I thought it was a typo but the float valves are inside the pan....
  9. Thread: Ebay Flat Pans

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    Based on my records you will have about 50 to 150...

    Based on my records you will have about 50 to 150 gallons per week with 50 taps.
  10. Thread: Ebay Flat Pans

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    Just remember that you can draw off finished...

    Just remember that you can draw off finished syrup with a divided pan. With a flat pan you will have more work finishing it on something else. A 2X4 flat pan holds 5 gallons at 1 inch depth so you...
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    First Run with the CDL Vacuum Filter

    We bottled 10 gallons of bourbon barrel aged syrup this weekend and tried out our new 9" CDL vacuum filter. Heated up the syrup in 2.5 gallon batches and it went right through the filter as fast as...
  12. Was there about 2 weeks ago and they told me the...

    Was there about 2 weeks ago and they told me the arrangement they had with the person hosting it stopped. It didn't sound like they were planning on starting it again. You can still get to it by...
  13. I ended up getting the Smoky Lake hybrid with...

    I ended up getting the Smoky Lake hybrid with flue drains added. We boiled for the first time today and averaged 18 GPH with natural draft. I blocked down the ramp a little bit more tonight and will...
  14. Thread: Tapping 2020

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    Finished collecting tonight. We've have a total...

    Finished collecting tonight. We've have a total of 110 gallons on 93 taps since starting Saturday morning.
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    Collected 10 gallons off of 31 taps this morning....

    Collected 10 gallons off of 31 taps this morning. We'll collect the rest after work today. Sap is running nice.
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    We put in 72 taps today and will be around 100...

    We put in 72 taps today and will be around 100 after tomorrow. Some of the trees were gushing and others weren"t running at all but it's exciting to be back at it!
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    We are going to tap on Saturday. Supposed to get...

    We are going to tap on Saturday. Supposed to get cold again late next week up here but we should have a few good days.
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    They land on the highest spot just like birds of...

    They land on the highest spot just like birds of prey do!
  19. Thread: Mason 2x4

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    No not impossible. Most manufacturers will...

    No not impossible. Most manufacturers will fabricate custom pans no problem. You just might need to get your order in early for the coming year since it won't be a stock item.

    I think Bill's 2x4XL...
  20. Thanks everyone for your input I really...

    Thanks everyone for your input I really appreciate it.
  21. I'm curious what your 2x6 does, too. It's...

    I'm curious what your 2x6 does, too. It's advertised at 20-25 but it seems like it should do better than that.

    Fortunately all of my dealings with Sunrise and Smoky Lake have been very positive.
  22. I have a divided flat pan now and we are getting...

    I have a divided flat pan now and we are getting between 10 and 12 GPH. It's really hard to get an accurate boil rate count since we are not using a float box and it's difficult to keep a constant...
  23. 2x4 Drop Flue Sunrise vs. Smoky Lake vs. Badgerland

    I am looking for opinions about these 3 drop flue pans. They are all close to the same price.

    The Badgerland and Smoky Lake Hybrid Hobby Pro are made with shiny 22 gauge and have superior...
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    Just keep boiling and be patient. We draw...

    Just keep boiling and be patient. We draw finished syrup off our 2x4 divided pan. 2 gallons today. We start drawing off when its on the top of 7 and continue to draw off into filters between 7 and 8...
  25. Spring peepers out here too. And honey bees and...

    Spring peepers out here too. And honey bees and lady bugs and cranes flying over. On track to make 10 gallons. I'm happy with that for our first year. My goal was between 5 and 10. We will probably...
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