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    You will definitely enjoy moving to the divided...

    You will definitely enjoy moving to the divided pans. Smokey Lake makes a nice product. My brother-in-law just got a SL arch for his rig.

    The syrup is "tied up" in the pans for the duration of...
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    Sticky: Yes, with properly designed and operated AOF...

    Yes, with properly designed and operated AOF systems you don't need to add wood as frequently.
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    Excellent suggestion Dave. If it doesn't create...

    Excellent suggestion Dave. If it doesn't create too many other issues with pumping, this would be the way to go. You could run 5/16" tubing to pick up any trees on the flat ground.
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    3/16" tubing is not good on flat ground. Think...

    3/16" tubing is not good on flat ground. Think of it as a slope that you sled down. When it's steep, you really fly (good vacuum). If you have a flat spot at the bottom, you'll slow down (poor...
  5. Thread: My plan

    by DrTimPerkins
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    The price for selling sap depends on a lot of...

    The price for selling sap depends on a lot of things, and isn't always as simple as you might think. The main thing comes down to whether or not there is one or more people in the area willing to...
  6. 1. Using brick or fireboard, add a small section...

    1. Using brick or fireboard, add a small section of ramp to the end nearest the stovepipe to help direct the exhaust/air upward instead of hitting the flat back of the arch and scattering around and...
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    Yes, lumber construction is far better than...

    Yes, lumber construction is far better than concrete. While the wood (carbon) used in construction is tied up for a long time, cut trees no longer capture carbon. It takes a good amount of time for...
  8. It is exceedingly hard to diagnose issues without...

    It is exceedingly hard to diagnose issues without seeing it first-hand or having a conversation about it. Without any other photos or description, my two guesses would be:

    1. Lightning strike on...
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    Might be useful, however any type of scratch or...

    Might be useful, however any type of scratch or roughness on a pan surface acts as a place for scale-type niter to build up.
  10. You could always get a couple of these if you...

    You could always get a couple of these if you wanted your door to be a real conversation piece. :D
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    Absolutely. My personal preference (obviously)...

    Absolutely. My personal preference (obviously) is that forests that are amenable to it be used for making syrup, but sustainable timber products should have a strong place in the mix. There's been...
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    There are definitely going to be some people who...

    There are definitely going to be some people who will be enthusiastic about this because of the climate change issue. Some may also be resistant for the same reason. While it isn't a subject area...
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    What do you mean by "slight slope"?

    What do you mean by "slight slope"?
  14. If it's only been a year or two I'd try pulling...

    If it's only been a year or two I'd try pulling them out.

    If they are really stuck, cut them off as close to the bark as possible with a pair of snips.
  15. Then you go to bulk sales of syrup and everything...

    Then you go to bulk sales of syrup and everything is in pounds. Pressure is in PSI (pounds per square inch) and vacuum is in inches Hg. Brix and % sugar. We found some old charts (1950s/1960s) and...
  16. Unless it isn't. :D I'm sure most of us...

    Unless it isn't. :D

    I'm sure most of us remember back in grade school and high school being told we would all be converting to the metric system within 10 yrs. That 10 yrs has gone past many...
  17. How long ago were the taps left in place? How...

    How long ago were the taps left in place? How much have the spouts left in place grown over? What kind of spouts (plastic, metal, 7/16" or 5/16")? Photos might help.

    If it was just this past...
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    Decay rate (or more correctly, carbon release...

    Decay rate (or more correctly, carbon release rate) is going to vary considerably depending upon whether the wood is burned, used for lumber purposes (in which case it may not decay for 50-150 yrs or...
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    Sorry, looking back it appears that I "edited"...

    Sorry, looking back it appears that I "edited" your post instead of replying to it. As a moderator I can do that (I don't exercise that type of moderator duties...except this one time in error). My...
  20. Note that isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is legal to use...

    Note that isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is legal to use for maple tubing cleaning in Canada, but IPA is NOT legal for maple sanitization in the U.S.

    https://mapleresearch.org/pub/m0216isopropylalcohol/
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    Hi-tensile support wire suspended on cedar posts...

    Hi-tensile support wire suspended on cedar posts set on bare ground (scuff off leaves with boot, posts not sharpened or pounded in). Bent-over nails on posts to support wire. Pipe wire-tied to...
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    If finishing off an evaporator, it is just easier...

    If finishing off an evaporator, it is just easier to thin the syrup down to density (with water, NOT sap) then to have to reboil. If you're finishing on a pot on the stove, either way will work.
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  23. Thread: My plan

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    No need to do all that. Thermometer will only...

    No need to do all that. Thermometer will only get you in the ballpark. Once you're close, use a hydrotherm (correctly) and you'll be fine. Refractometers, although they can be useful, are sensitive...
  24. Thread: My plan

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    What do you mean by "decent slope"? Any flat...

    What do you mean by "decent slope"? Any flat parts...if so, where in the run and how long?



    Did you have actual 3/16" spouts, or 5/16" spouts with 3/16" tubing connectors?



    No, do NOT...
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    Yes....this is good advice. Some people use...

    Yes....this is good advice. Some people use boosters (a misnomer if there ever was one), but most have moved away from this and have gone to installing wet/dry lines. Cost is roughly comparable,...
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