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    Bill Mason who makes the evaporator sold it to me...

    Bill Mason who makes the evaporator sold it to me so I think it is the correct stuff and I am using the thick blocks in the fire chamber so I should be all set and thanks for the input when I have...
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    Sorry that's what I meant ceramic blanket I...

    Sorry that's what I meant ceramic blanket I called it arch paper I did use the ceramic paper so I guess I wont put any mortar on the back side of the bricks thanks
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    Bricking a new evaporator

    I know you use the mortar between the bricks on the edges but do you mortar the back side of the brick that is touching the arch paper ? I am pretty sure you wouldn't but before I do this I want to...
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    just picked up both full and half bricks...

    just picked up both full and half bricks yesterday at our local cement and brick yard Gagnon and Sons payed 1.63 for full bricks and Lowes wanted over 3.00 dollar's a piece
  5. Thread: Mason 2x4

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    ordered Mason 2x4 XL last week cant wait till I...

    ordered Mason 2x4 XL last week cant wait till I pick it up my friend bought on last year and loves it hoping for October or November pick up !
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    Just be carful if you are using mason jars we...

    Just be carful if you are using mason jars we preheat ours in the oven at 200% and let them cool down for awhile and take it from experience hot syrup going into a mason jar that is not warm may give...
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    Build a cupola you will like the look and it...

    Build a cupola you will like the look and it makes it look like a sugar shack and the steam will rise on most days out the cupola
  8. Thread: Tapping 2019

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    ok so with me using a 2X3 flat pan I am not doing...

    ok so with me using a 2X3 flat pan I am not doing bad 2X6 has a lot more surface and yes Roads End you are cheating next step for me is a Mason evaporator and then a RO thanks guys for the info
  9. Thread: Tapping 2019

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    How much wood did you go through why I am asking...

    How much wood did you go through why I am asking is I go through 4 cord of wood on a 2X3 flat pan and I make 25 to 30 gallons with the barrel stove I am looking at getting a real evaporator to cut my...
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    No I think after listing to this info on this...

    No I think after listing to this info on this thread I will pressure wash and scrub and stay away from the bleach may go to Bacon Hill farm and try the 5 star stan thanks
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    Sounds good I will do that and wait awhile and...

    Sounds good I will do that and wait awhile and watch to see if its gone.
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    Cleaning stainless steel tank

    I have a square 150 gallon stainless steel tank that fits in the bed of my truck that I go around road side and collect sap my problem is I didn't get it rinsed out in time and now I have mold...
  13. Thread: Tapping 2019

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    Has an ones trees budded yet I have sugars and...

    Has an ones trees budded yet I have sugars and reds I know my sugars are ok but not really sure how to tell if the red are budded I think it has been to cold to worry about it !
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    I think I will pull this weekend we may get one...

    I think I will pull this weekend we may get one more run Thursday and I don't think the trees have started to bud yet so far 20 gallons not bad for a late start. Any one else waiting to pull ?
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    If the sap is cloudy but does not smell sour it...

    If the sap is cloudy but does not smell sour it should be ok to boil correct ? The batch that I am boiling now is a little cloudy but wont know until I finish it . I think I read on this site...
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    When should you get a new cone filter

    I have had my cone filters for about 10 seasons proble 100 gallons through the filters and having a hard time this year I would think that the older the filter the easier it would go through and...
  17. Thread: Canning question

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    you're going to have to reheat to 180-190 and...

    you're going to have to reheat to 180-190 and make sure your jars are in the oven at 200% and take them out and pour the hot syrup into them and put the lid on tight and lay them on the side by...
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    Will start putting the taps out this weekend and...

    Will start putting the taps out this weekend and hope the heater banks melt most of my trees are road side with tubing into 5 gallon buckets
  19. Thread: Tapping 2019

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    Same here I think I will start taping next week...

    Same here I think I will start taping next week and hope the weather turns and some snow melts I do road side maples and the heater banks are to tall to get over
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    I agree Bacon jugs are the best but I think they...

    I agree Bacon jugs are the best but I think they were bought out buy some one so hopefully the don't change any thing also use canning jars for glass sense you can buy them for 9.99 for 12 jars
  21. Thread: Wood consumptoin

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    sounds like I may need to split my wood smaller...

    sounds like I may need to split my wood smaller to get more of a roaring boil I did notice when I put in the smaller pine it would really boil . And my sugar was 2.5 % the pine was nice and dry cut...
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    Wood consumptoin

    Made 32 gallons on a flat pan 2X3 batch boiling and went through 4 cord of pine and a little hard wood mixed in . Does that sound right would like to upgrade to a 2X4 some day with raised flues...
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    Put the jars in the oven at 200% and take them...

    Put the jars in the oven at 200% and take them out and fill with 190% syrup and they wont break
  24. Thread: 2018 tapping

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    Collected 180 gallons on Monday and probably...

    Collected 180 gallons on Monday and probably still have a hundred more to collect but this storm is going to make it pretty hard all my 125 buckets on tubing are road side and the heater banks are...
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    Same here in Maine usually make light the first...

    Same here in Maine usually make light the first couple of batches and this year is dark . only 4 gallons but I am glade to here that it wasn't just me .I do batch boil so I know the longer I boil the...
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