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    I use a ketchup bottle, like what you see in...

    I use a ketchup bottle, like what you see in restaurants, for the canola oil. I have a 2 x 4 evaporator and begin with a couple of drops on the inlet side of the flue pan when I start up. Then watch...
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    I've always used canola oil, works good for me.

    I've always used canola oil, works good for me.
  3. In a pinch I've used brand new round plastic...

    In a pinch I've used brand new round plastic drums from TSC they come with lids.
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    Check out maple tech tools online. That's where I...

    Check out maple tech tools online. That's where I got my new one handed tool from. They are about half the price of others and work good. I pre made all my drops that I thought I was going to use...
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    You bet it will be. I can tell you you have a lot...

    You bet it will be. I can tell you you have a lot of help right here with almost anything you may need. We support as best we can.
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    i've had some of my trees fill a five gallon...

    i've had some of my trees fill a five gallon bucket in one day.
  7. Thread: My plan

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    i am assuming that your 36 trees will each have...

    i am assuming that your 36 trees will each have one tap per tree. If you are using regular sap buckets on a good day they may have to be emptied twice. What I am saying is your trees could produce 2...
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    Darkmachine, that looks almost identical to my...

    Darkmachine, that looks almost identical to my first shack. The one exception is you have a solid door and I had a tarp for a door.
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    You have done a really fine job of building that...

    You have done a really fine job of building that block evaporator. I wish you nothing but the best.
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    Yes it would sit on top. If you look at some...

    Yes it would sit on top. If you look at some pictures of evaporators you will also see there is a thin insulated material that the pan rests on. It is called rail gasket. A good way might be to mount...
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    Please get help with that big block. Do Not hurt...

    Please get help with that big block. Do Not hurt your back. more hands are better in this situation. Trust me
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    That's looking pretty good. Let us know how the...

    That's looking pretty good. Let us know how the boil goes.
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    Sounds familiar. I built a sugar house around my...

    Sounds familiar. I built a sugar house around my first evaporator, after the first year of using a tarp and boards to keep the weather out, and off me. Man what a game changer that was. So much nicer...
  14. Thread: Walnut Trees

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    Sounds like a win-win situation for you Mark.

    Sounds like a win-win situation for you Mark.
  15. I believe it will be okay to use both. You...

    I believe it will be okay to use both. You realize that with the amount of heat you are going to create that they will crack. Some of the producers that have built these type of evaporators have...
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    Sugar Bear I wouldn't fret to much. It is what...

    Sugar Bear I wouldn't fret to much. It is what Mother Nature has given us this year. Maybe next year will be your your best year yet. I am looking forward to next spring as I did not get to tap this...
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    Sugar Bear, did you your area get hit with a...

    Sugar Bear, did you your area get hit with a really late frost??
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    Depending on how much steel you purchased. You...

    Depending on how much steel you purchased. You may be able to use it in the future towards the building of an arch and then get yourself really setup with a good stainless steel pan. Of course by...
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    I would go with some sand maybe. You will get...

    I would go with some sand maybe. You will get some that crack because of the heat. Have you given any thoughts about any kind of shelter while you boil? You don't want to be out in the rain/snow and...
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    good photo

    good photo
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    Welcome to the trader. You say you are tapping 16...

    Welcome to the trader. You say you are tapping 16 trees. how many taps? Make sure your chimney is as high as possible and try to create a slope behind your fire box area. Kind of like a regular...
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    Mine is a 2 x 4 that is facing the double doors...

    Mine is a 2 x 4 that is facing the double doors and I have found in order to get sufficient draw with the blower on in my 12 x 16 sugar house I have to leave at least one door open along with the...
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    Congratulations and welcome. You my friend have...

    Congratulations and welcome. You my friend have caught the maple syrup bug. The only possible cure is to keep doing it and growing with each season. Most importantly is to have FUN doing it.
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    Just makes you want to ring their little necks.

    Just makes you want to ring their little necks.
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    SRM, If they are shipping each case individually,...

    SRM, If they are shipping each case individually, through either UPS or Fedex, and they have one of the shipping systems in house they can tell you to the penny the cost it will be before hand. Each...
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