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  1. I bought the blue taps from DSD Stars in Quebec....

    I bought the blue taps from DSD Stars in Quebec. They were 0.225" so they required a special drill bit but I've never had a problem with one leaking or coming loose.
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    I packed it in on April 2nd. Had so much sap I...

    I packed it in on April 2nd. Had so much sap I was tapped out and the wood was getting low. The trees kept producing well for another 10 days but I determined not to let them draw me back in. Pulled...
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    I had to shut down two weeks ago. Had a fantastic...

    I had to shut down two weeks ago. Had a fantastic year but I was getting low on wood and I was getting tired of the long boils. The trees continued to run well for another 10 days.
  4. Do you think the manual ice cream maker would...

    Do you think the manual ice cream maker would work? The frozen canister would definitely cool the hot syrup rapidly; however, would it be too difficult to turn the paddles by hand?
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    I had a really good run on Saturday even though...

    I had a really good run on Saturday even though the temperature hovered around 1 degree all day. Should be good today and tomorrow, fingers crossed.
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    On Saturday I had just finished pumping my sap up...

    On Saturday I had just finished pumping my sap up into my head tank from my collection tank which I haul with an ATV. My tank is on a wooden stand 8' high. I'm nursing a broken thumb so the cast...
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    I am usually around 9.5 degrees higher. I lost...

    I am usually around 9.5 degrees higher. I lost faith in the 7 degrees method many years ago.
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    I would dump some raw syrup in and heat the pan....

    I would dump some raw syrup in and heat the pan. Once the sludge and sap mix, you'll be able to drain the pan. Keep that stuff separate and deal with the pans. See how it tastes, it may not be as bad...
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    I burn a lot of pallets, they are dry and burn...

    I burn a lot of pallets, they are dry and burn hot. I'm guessing those door panels will burn nicely. I wouldn't worry about the paint.
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    I tried the copper around the pipe method. It did...

    I tried the copper around the pipe method. It did warm the sap slightly but you really have to be careful when the sap gets low, easy to scorch the inside of the pipe. Make sure you run water thru as...
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    Just wondering if there's ever a problem with the...

    Just wondering if there's ever a problem with the RO freezing after you're done for the night or do you bring the unit into a warmer location? Maybe there's not enough liquid left in the unit to...
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    I've got my arch 8" from the wall. The wall is...

    I've got my arch 8" from the wall. The wall is lined with steel and an airspace. I have no reason to go behind the arch so I pushed it back as far as possible.
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    I have used their fittings the last two years....

    I have used their fittings the last two years. The price is good and quality seems good. I think they are made in Quebec. I bought my stuff through a Home Hardware store.
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    Why not wash it and let it dry. No need to take...

    Why not wash it and let it dry. No need to take up space in your freezer.
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    What would be wrong with copper? It's in every...

    What would be wrong with copper? It's in every house plumbed before 2000. I used it for my preheater.
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    Last boil for me was Thursday night (6th). Ended...

    Last boil for me was Thursday night (6th). Ended up with around 10% more sap than last year.
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    After tomorrow's expected run, I should be above...

    After tomorrow's expected run, I should be above last years total. I'm hoping for another week or so. It's been a strange season, glad I tapped earlier than usual.
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    That's good to know. I think I will boil some new...

    That's good to know. I think I will boil some new syrup and throw in the old cream in the pot and try again. Thanks.
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    Last seasons cream.

    I have a Tupperware container full of maple cream in the refrigerator. I made it last April but it turned out grainy, so I left it with the plan to add more syrup and re-boil and stir to the correct...
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    Tapped half my trees yesterday afternoon. Most...

    Tapped half my trees yesterday afternoon. Most trees were running well.
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    Keep it airtight and the tree will produce sap...

    Keep it airtight and the tree will produce sap longer. As long as you have some slope, it should start working flowing.
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    1/4" Plate steel with a hole cut out for the...

    1/4" Plate steel with a hole cut out for the door. The door is not cast, just an old door I found at the junk yard.
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    The front of my arch is not insulated, and I...

    The front of my arch is not insulated, and I haven't had any problems yet. It helps heat the sugar shack since I get little to no heat from the sides of the arch.
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    I tried it a few years back. It did help a little...

    I tried it a few years back. It did help a little but it probably wasn't worth the grief. Once the sap ran out each night, the remaining sap would burn so you had to run water thru the lines to clean...
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    I have a Smoky Lake Hybrid pan also. My firebox...

    I have a Smoky Lake Hybrid pan also. My firebox ends at the start of the flues but I'm considering moving the flues back a few more inches. I am getting a huge boil at the front of the flues and not...
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