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    That is just how my half-pint is bricked. You...

    That is just how my half-pint is bricked. You will like boiling with that rig.
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    Poll: I found quite low sugar content in my sap this...

    I found quite low sugar content in my sap this season - starting at just under 3, where in recent years it has been 3.8 +. Yes lots of seed last year. This year, on the seed thing, way different...
  3. Thread: A short season

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    I have pretty much cut my season short, or mother...

    I have pretty much cut my season short, or mother nature did it for me! My sap has turned cloudy and sugar content has fallen to 1.5 or less. Not even close to productive for my small hobby...
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    If you want syrup, you will need to tend your...

    If you want syrup, you will need to tend your fire - 8 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes - you will take longer to get to syrup is all. Wood is not the only thing that needs constant...
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    Hi Mike. I am just outside of Ogdensburg,...

    Hi Mike. I am just outside of Ogdensburg, towards Morristown. We are probably 2 or 3 miles apart, as the crow flys:). I have big sugar Maples in my yard, mostly on a decent slope (use 3/16"...
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    Tapping my hobby project today - 30 taps, 30 more...

    Tapping my hobby project today - 30 taps, 30 more if I can keep up with them in the sugarhouse (still have not made the "leap" to a hobby RO). I tapped 15 this morning - last hole I drilled was...
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    I do this on my 3 section half pint pan with the...

    I do this on my 3 section half pint pan with the last collection of sap of the season. I have no problems adding sap, like always, and boiling it as a batch. if there was a gradient, it was minimal...
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    You won't get a gradient if you don't draw.

    You won't get a gradient if you don't draw.
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    St. Lawrence County Maple Producers Assn.

    They will be hosting a St. Lawrence County Maple Expo at Gouverneur High School on Jan 11th, 2020. Registration starts at 8.am and classes run until 2PM. There will be 15 different classes and...
  10. Similar to how my HalfPint is set up. I have an...

    Similar to how my HalfPint is set up. I have an open top metal box at the rear of theevaporator that the flue dumps into, a flue outlet from that box that goes into the chimney. Works great, my sap...
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    If you host your photo/image on a web site (like...

    If you host your photo/image on a web site (like google photos) you can add the url of the image in the PM
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    I bought and moved a leader 1/2 pint, fully...

    I bought and moved a leader 1/2 pint, fully bricked. Loaded and unloaded with a small JD 1025R w/120 loader. Capacity of that loader (750 lbs.) was reached - had to curl the bucket to get it off...
  13. Thread: Mason 2x4

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    :cool: I'll bet it's a thing of beauty. Good...

    :cool: I'll bet it's a thing of beauty. Good luck on a successful season.
  14. Thread: Mason 2x4

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    What's Bill's estimate of the boiling rate of...

    What's Bill's estimate of the boiling rate of that unit?
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    I reverse flow, daily (or about every 50-60 gal...

    I reverse flow, daily (or about every 50-60 gal of sap). Outlets of the preheat pan sit over the end of the boil pan. Copper feed tube, you see on left, brings sap to front of pan for that...
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    Where, in NY are you? I have a factory half-pint...

    Where, in NY are you? I have a factory half-pint with a homemade addition for preheating that works great. I might have some PICs, not home till September, or I coould get whatever you want - or...
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    I would think Bill Mason would be more than happy...

    I would think Bill Mason would be more than happy to talk to you about the briking of one his arches.
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    I did windows in our 1964 vintage home, had a...

    I did windows in our 1964 vintage home, had a contractor buddy come over and showed me how to measure, I did the measuring for 16 windows, ordered from Lowes, he came back and helped me install one,...
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    Just consider your roof framing/design and the...

    Just consider your roof framing/design and the additional weight of the metal. Strip the shingles if weight is a concern.
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    For sure. I have my wood for next year (split to...

    For sure. I have my wood for next year (split to size) and the wood for 2021 waiting to be split. It does feel good.
  21. Good choice on the Mason. I don't think you will...

    Good choice on the Mason. I don't think you will regret it. I've been looking really hard at one.
  22. Thread: Not impressed

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    What did Smoky Lake have to say about it?

    What did Smoky Lake have to say about it?
  23. I take finished syrup dirrectly off my half-pint....

    I take finished syrup dirrectly off my half-pint. No problem, at all.
  24. 25 taps and a half-pint is where I am. I did 60...

    25 taps and a half-pint is where I am. I did 60 taps last year and cut back - didn't like the 10-12 hour days of boiling. Did a barrel evaporator and didn'y like it all.
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    Ended my season tonight. Pulled my taps at noon...

    Ended my season tonight. Pulled my taps at noon today and just finished boiling all the sap I had. Small operation this year - 27 taps and 12-3/4 gallons of syrup. Had a great year, all my family...
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