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    Yep nothing like full woodsheds. Sometimes we are...

    Yep nothing like full woodsheds. Sometimes we are behind the curve, like doing it in the fall. This spring we got all the house wood and sugarwood done by May 5th, around 12 cords. Now we can paint...
  2. We have used popple (big tooth aspen) on several...

    We have used popple (big tooth aspen) on several projects, framing lumber, sheathing, timbers, flooring and cabinets with mixed results. We did a timber frame for the sugarhouse with a few popple...
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    Lester at Highland Sugarworks told us it was...

    Lester at Highland Sugarworks told us it was 2.10/lb. That was 3 weeks ago. In regard to the comment "spend more time marketing"...Most of us get into sugaring to make syrup not running around...
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    Dr. Tim is that really reading almost 10% raw...

    Dr. Tim is that really reading almost 10% raw sap? Can't be. I must be missing something.
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    We use water from the well to rinse the RO at the...

    We use water from the well to rinse the RO at the start of the season. Not sure what other folks do. It is the only choice we have. I guess a guy could save some permeate from last season. Not sure...
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    My neighbor use to sell me the sap based on the...

    My neighbor use to sell me the sap based on the number of gallons and sugar content. His price per gallon never adjusted for the current bulk price. Sometimes he did better and sometimes I did...
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    We had the same problem with the usps flat rate...

    We had the same problem with the usps flat rate boxes. Now we just insert extra cardboard all the way around the inside and double tape. That solved the problem.
  8. Don't know how producers can sit at farmer...

    Don't know how producers can sit at farmer markets during the summer. A rainy summer day maybe. To many other things to do.
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    Yes get a 10 inch. If we don't have that much sap...

    Yes get a 10 inch. If we don't have that much sap for the day we just use 1/2 or 1/3 of the plates. On big days we use them all. This way as you expand the capacity is there. Best. Jim
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    Hopefully this trade war will net a better bulk...

    Hopefully this trade war will net a better bulk price. We buy all our sap and sell bulk. After expenses we probably net $8-9 per gallon. This season we made 670 gallons. So in the end we made around...
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    Thanks to all of you who have contributed to this...

    Thanks to all of you who have contributed to this thread. It has been really fun and informative to read how the season progresses for everyone. We first boiled 3/1 and will finish today. We ended up...
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    We have a first pass tank and a head tank. The...

    We have a first pass tank and a head tank. The first pass comes up to 5-6% and then 15-16% to the head tank. I usually concentrate enough for 3 hours of boiling and as more sap flows in switch back...
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    Probably depends on the website. With Wix.com we...

    Probably depends on the website. With Wix.com we had to include the shipping with the price of the syrup. So for example you can choose two half gallons for $55 (includes shipping). Three half...
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    We have done it a few different ways. A four...

    We have done it a few different ways. A four manifold system seems to be a good idea. That way you can shut off and on any of the tanks right from the ro room. We use pvc pipe with quick disconnects...
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    Most of the preheaters we have dealt with...

    Most of the preheaters we have dealt with required a small pump to keep the flow consistent and prevent vapor lock.
  16. Agreed, safe food is important. Regulations, low...

    Agreed, safe food is important. Regulations, low bulk prices, expensive equipment....Maybe its time to go back to 50 buckets and a beer.
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    How about sloping the back of the firebox so that...

    How about sloping the back of the firebox so that the flames can shoot up to that last pan.
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    Re-circulation Pump

    We have been pricing out a new tower for a Lapierre 600 gph RO. Looks like most of the big equipment dealers want around $5000 for the add on. That includes parts and labor. MES quoted us around...
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    We started sugaring 15 years ago. It was pure...

    We started sugaring 15 years ago. It was pure enthusiasm that got us started. No regrets. Lots of time, investment and 5000 gallons of syrup later we have made enough money to own some old equipment....
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    Poll: HOW about a syrup coop.? Producers run their own...

    HOW about a syrup coop.? Producers run their own packing plant and marketing
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    Anything we have tried that involves making money...

    Anything we have tried that involves making money off the land has been marginal. Turkeys, veggies, beef, firewood............Sugaring was one of the those things that you could at least make a days...
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    Marketing is the answer. That being said, us...

    Marketing is the answer. That being said, us sugar farmers did not get into this business for the marketing. Lying awake at night I don't dream of marketing schemes. I dream of a better mouse trap...
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    Lets not aggravate Dr. Tim. His contribution to...

    Lets not aggravate Dr. Tim. His contribution to this forum and the maple industry is beneficial to us all. In regards to bulk prices, is it reasonable to say that all it would take is syrup to catch...
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    Where can you buy 8" pvc? Looks like Lowes or...

    Where can you buy 8" pvc? Looks like Lowes or Home Depot do not carry it.
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    Yeah after all these years we finally figured out...

    Yeah after all these years we finally figured out that it was easier to make it then it is to sell it. A friend of ours peddles his syrup in Rhode Island somewhere. He goes down on summer weekends to...
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