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    "almost never" denotes an exception. Could you...

    "almost never" denotes an exception. Could you describe that exception and what the circumstances would be for it?
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    I have a run with 7 taps and a final run of about...

    I have a run with 7 taps and a final run of about 80 feet and it vertically drops around 15 to 18 feet to the collection barrel from the lowest tap.

    Last year I put a vacuum gauge at the...
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    I can't speak for 3/16 tubing and the hydro...

    I can't speak for 3/16 tubing and the hydro dynamics are definitely going to be different then 5/16". But If you were to use 5/16" tubing I would definitely do it this way. Unless you can pick up...
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    The key to getting good flow using 5/16" runs is...

    The key to getting good flow using 5/16" runs is having a straight final run of tubing from your lowest tap to the collection barrel of 75 feet or more and a drop of 5 vertical feet per 25 feet of...
  5. Thread: My plan

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    I usually mix together anything in the same run. ...

    I usually mix together anything in the same run. Meaning after the sap stops running from freeze up or too warm and then starts running again at some point, I won't mix that syrup with the previous...
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    Hot syrup deserves as much respect as possible. ...

    Hot syrup deserves as much respect as possible. Stainless steel carries more respect then plastic. Besides your not going to finish it in the plastic, at least I hope not.
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    I do this but use a stainless steel pot (...

    I do this but use a stainless steel pot ( minimum 16 quart pot ) rather then a pail. Not sure what the pail is??? I keep the stainless steel pot stored in a refrigerator inside. That way I don't...
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    If $12000 a day ( cash and non paper I assume )...

    If $12000 a day ( cash and non paper I assume ) would be a meaningless loss to him, have you ever considered asking your cousin to donate $12000 a year to sugar makers that have to "BUMP" their trees...
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    Tax breaks for the extremely wealthy are...

    Tax breaks for the extremely wealthy are disturbing to me as well but somehow I am not opposed to tax breaks for people who maple sugar, some of whom are very wealthy by the way.

    My point would be...
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    While I am certain your tap hole bumping research...

    While I am certain your tap hole bumping research will put things in perspective .000009% of someone's net worth does not.

    The following is a true story and keep in mind I am probably the poorest...
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    Like I said or implied earlier a few good photos...

    Like I said or implied earlier a few good photos making a comparison between "bumped" and "non bumped" will speak about a hundred volumes of documentation on the matter.

    A doctor says "this" or...
  12. Thread: Steam Pans

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    Looks good. One additional thing I would do on...

    Looks good.

    One additional thing I would do on your rig is cut 8" pieces of angle iron the same size as the angle iron you welded to the side walls. Two 8" pieces for each pan and sit them on top...
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    Humans like all beasts of the forest are far more...

    Humans like all beasts of the forest are far more responsive to image then to words. If what you are saying is true, and I have no reason to doubt that it is true, I recommend the paper be short on...
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    The net effect of having steam pan sidewalls away...

    The net effect of having steam pan sidewalls away from the flames and having dry firewood can not be overstated in a back yard sugaring operation. Two simple and easily achievable tasks.

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    This was my first season back in 2016 with three...

    This was my first season back in 2016 with three steam pans with sidewalls out of the firebox.

    Seven boils beginning with the first boil on the left. Space between jars indicates a boil. Season...
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    angle iron to support steam pans

    These were my pans in 2016. Three pans with 1/4" by 4" running the length of the pans on each side ( front to back ). On top of that 1/8" by 1.5" angle iron running across the pans turned up...
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    I have been steam panning for 6 years now. The...

    I have been steam panning for 6 years now. The first 4 years were with 3 steam pans and the last 2 years with 4 steam pans. One of many things I have learned through my steam panning years is that...
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    No Definitely not. Also not in the southern...

    No Definitely not. Also not in the southern Hudson Valley either, around the Fishkill, NY area. Excellent Blossom season for fruit trees in the area. At my house in Weston, CT Maple leaves seem...
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    Yes I have noticed it on my trees. Canopies are...

    Yes I have noticed it on my trees. Canopies are thin and sparse. No Gypsy Moths to be found. When GM's are bad you can hear the poop snap when it hits the forest floor. No snaps what so ever.
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    Ken What gripes me the most about the issue...

    Ken

    What gripes me the most about the issue you pointed out in Sandgate is the foundation behind the operation. Not what they report or don't report when and where. Of course I as 12 gallon per...
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    Ken It would also be nice to see that these...

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    It would also be nice to see that these extraordinarily large operations are funded appropriately and that they do not slander the product of hard working smaller operations like yours.
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    Yes they are, it is owned by a hedge funder from...

    Yes they are, it is owned by a hedge funder from NYC who received a lot of financial assistance from Chuck Schumer ( the politician that wants to help all the poor people ) to set up the operation on...
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    Do you have your sugars on vacuum. If you don't...

    Do you have your sugars on vacuum. If you don't and you got 20 gallons of sap out of each tap ( 900 / 45 = 20 ) you should forget about your reds and find more sugars in your area.


    Or take your...
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    Let me know what you find on the line.

    Let me know what you find on the line.
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    Try marking a line when the cool syrup goes in...

    Try marking a line when the cool syrup goes in the bottle ... put the cap on loosely ... heat to 190 in oven ... let cool ... see if you loose anything on the line. significant moisture loss should...
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