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  1. Yes, though you would get less efficiency for two...

    Yes, though you would get less efficiency for two reasons:
    1 - Without the steam captured in a hood the temperature would be lower, so you'd get less heat to the pipe.
    2 - A hood has channels...
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    I too use an ink jet to print my labels. Works...

    I too use an ink jet to print my labels. Works great, with no smudging or issues when the labels get wet. I bought blank labels from onlinelabels.com, and yes, I use the special glossy paper...
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    I'm not sure I understand your point about Friday...

    I'm not sure I understand your point about Friday afternoon the day having ice in it.

    Once there is more than a little sap in a bucket, there is a long lag time between air temp and sap temp. So...
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    I typically boil once a week, because it's a two...

    I typically boil once a week, because it's a two hour drive from my home to my sugarbush/evaporator, and I work full time. If it's going to be crazy hot, or for other reasons, I may take a day off...
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    Looks nice! For several years I had no opening...

    Looks nice! For several years I had no opening directly above my evaporator. You are right that with big enough opening on the ends of the structure the steam will find it's way out. The problem...
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    Good to hear about progress. Good luck! Gabe

    Good to hear about progress. Good luck!

    Gabe
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    I've only been using a divided pan for a couple...

    I've only been using a divided pan for a couple of years, but what I do is draw off right around finished syrup, and filter later. Sometimes I go a little over, sometimes a little under. It's not...
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    Okay here's one: I've always thought that at...

    Okay here's one: I've always thought that at least some of the reason late-season syrup tastes stronger is the simple reason that the sap has lower sugar to start. Think about it - if you could...
  9. The leader half pint would be a huge downgrade in...

    The leader half pint would be a huge downgrade in GPH. Unless you want to drop to 50 or fewer taps I would not consider it. You'd be better off with what you have now.

    GO
  10. You don't even need anything to drizzle...

    You don't even need anything to drizzle continuously into one corner. You just need to keep adding sap, like any other pan (including your steam tray pans). A steady flow and a shallow pan will...
  11. No dividers: You have to fill the whole pan,...

    No dividers: You have to fill the whole pan, then you have to boil and keep adding sap until everything has turned to syrup or near syrup, then you have to get it all off and finish it.

    Dividers:...
  12. Could you explain what you mean by this? For a...

    Could you explain what you mean by this? For a given size pan, I would think that if you have less sap, a divided pan would be better than a big flat pan, as you could just boil for a bit and do a...
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    That is too bad. Yeah, it got really warm for a...

    That is too bad. Yeah, it got really warm for a while. I don't have heavy equipment or snowmobiles or anything to move sap around (just my arms), but once or twice I did worry about my car going...
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    Then there are the trees that are major outliers....

    Then there are the trees that are major outliers.

    I have one tree that is pure maple gold. I had measured the sugar percent from it before, and it puts out sap with more than three times the...
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    I'm all on buckets, and I get a little over 11G...

    I'm all on buckets, and I get a little over 11G sap per tap in an average year. But my sugar content is lower than those further north it seems, so that nets me a hair under a quart per tap.
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    Yep, for us backyarders, a liter per tap is...

    Yep, for us backyarders, a liter per tap is considered a good year. You'll note from many people's signatures that they haven't even hit that level in half a dozen years of sugaring. So nice work!...
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    If it's yellow and it stinks, toss it. But...

    If it's yellow and it stinks, toss it. But cloudy sap that has not gone too far makes fine dark syrup.

    Gabe
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    People will pay extra for a hint of that special...

    People will pay extra for a hint of that special end-of-season flavor: peepers!

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  19. Thread: My plan

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    Looks good, though I would still put a cupola, or...

    Looks good, though I would still put a cupola, or at least flaps in it.

    Gabe
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    1/2 gallon per tap is great, congrats! What do...

    1/2 gallon per tap is great, congrats! What do you usually produce?

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    Just finished bottling my sixth and final batch. ...

    Just finished bottling my sixth and final batch. Here's a photo. Hard to tell, but the first three batches are each a tiny bit progressively darker. Dunno if any of them are technically golden...
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    Hey eustis22. Happy to answer any questions. ...

    Hey eustis22. Happy to answer any questions. This is only my second year on the Mason, so I'm sure there are things I haven't quite gotten dialed in yet, but I'm happy to share my current...
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    You could always put a bucket on it. Win-win! ...

    You could always put a bucket on it. Win-win! :)

    Gabe
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    Definitely possible. There are a number of...

    Definitely possible. There are a number of people here who regularly report well over 2%. I have one tree that has put out 3.4% in the past.

    Just consider yourself a very lucky man, because...
  25. Thread: My plan

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    I definitely would not want all that condensation...

    I definitely would not want all that condensation from whatever's in the plywood running into my syrup all night long. I'd rather use tinfoil than that! But a single piece of 2x5 flat stainless...
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