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    We use the acid from the maple dealer. Our pans...

    We use the acid from the maple dealer. Our pans were sitting empty and dirty until 2 weeks ago. Filled them up with acid/water. Turned the oil burner on and waited for a boil to start. Shut it...
  2. Wow- those are good prices from A&A

    Wow- those are good prices from A&A
  3. I don't think you'll find anyone that will make...

    I don't think you'll find anyone that will make them half price. Stainless is expensive but I will agree that $1300 sounds high for what you want. You should be able to find someone near you that...
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    100% agree. Just the time you spend messing...

    100% agree. Just the time you spend messing around with a used tee makes it worth the $0.20 aside from the potential lost sap yield if you scar the tee. Once you have your woods on a rotation...
  5. Poll: Link to UVM's video about tapping below the...

    Link to UVM's video about tapping below the lateral:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-EEYgL7Lt0

    It works good, even for us just running Shurflo pumps.
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    2 years so far and no issues. We soak it in acid...

    2 years so far and no issues. We soak it in acid a few times per season and gently run some steel wool up and down the bottom half of the probe. Any caked on syrup comes right off and it looks like...
  7. I agree, keep the 2x6 and see how it goes for a...

    I agree, keep the 2x6 and see how it goes for a year or two. If it works out, spend some money on new pans.
  8. Fred knows a lot more about ro’s than I do but...

    Fred knows a lot more about ro’s than I do but for your size you’re looking at the same thing I am. After researching, not all hobby or small ro’s are created equal. Lapierre makes small 125 and...
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    I would definitely let gravity help you and let...

    I would definitely let gravity help you and let the niter settle to the bottom. Dump it all back into a pot and waste a little bit of syrup once the thicker niter starts coming out of the jar. I...
  10. That's awesome, I think we all forward to seeing...

    That's awesome, I think we all forward to seeing more info on it.
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    Niter can vary greatly throughout the season,...

    Niter can vary greatly throughout the season, even day to day so it's really no surprise. There's probably a science behind it but that's beyond me. It's nothing you can control so focus on what...
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    Many people were reporting higher than usual...

    Many people were reporting higher than usual niter this year and in some cases a finer niter which would be harder to filter out using cone filters. So I wouldn't say you did anything wrong or there...
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    They will come do an inspection if you apply for...

    They will come do an inspection if you apply for a license. It’s not hard to pass but you will need to show how you clean, that’s the biggie. If you finish in you kitchen they may want to look at...
  14. I cracked open a plastic jug last weekend that...

    I cracked open a plastic jug last weekend that was 4 years old and it was fine.
  15. It really depends on how much syrup you make in a...

    It really depends on how much syrup you make in a boil as well. I suppose if we were wood fired I might try and do something after we were done firing and waiting for cool down. But being on oil we...
  16. The syrup has to be hot to run through a press. ...

    The syrup has to be hot to run through a press. Problem is, if too long between drawoffs it will plug up or be so slow that you will want to break the press down and start over. And ours holds...
  17. We only ran our press 4 times this year in the 40...

    We only ran our press 4 times this year in the 40 gallons we make. We have 2- 15 gallons stainless pots we put the syrup in as it comes off the evaporator. I’ll check each drawoff and have a pretty...
  18. Either a vacuum filter or a press of some sorts...

    Either a vacuum filter or a press of some sorts would be a big improvement. There is a member on here named Daryl that makes and sells a 5” hand press. If you already have a shop vac available then...
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    Good luck up there, thought of your operation. ...

    Good luck up there, thought of your operation. We got a foot here in western Maine and we're still without power. Hopefully by tonight. We're all done making syrup but going to check the bushes...
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    Cam locks work good but can leak under vacuum,...

    Cam locks work good but can leak under vacuum, particularly after a few years out in the woods so keep an eye on that. To help with that, make sure they are not under tension when connected, leave a...
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    Check your emails, Bascom is not taking syrup for...

    Check your emails, Bascom is not taking syrup for at least a month.
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    The best part about oil is shutdown. Last night...

    The best part about oil is shutdown. Last night during our final boil, we had a drawoff literally 30 seconds before shutdown. Never would have got there with wood because we would have been in cool...
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    HAHA! Peel the Stihl stickers off it, throw on...

    HAHA! Peel the Stihl stickers off it, throw on any maple supplier logo and watch the price double :lol:
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    Yup same here. That sap running hard didn’t last...

    Yup same here. That sap running hard didn’t last very long this morning. Gravity lines stopped in the afternoon sometime while I was boiling. Vacuum lines pulled marginally all day and left the...
  25. Doesn’t seem like it should have plugged up but...

    Doesn’t seem like it should have plugged up but maybe it was just heavy nitered syrup. Is it a short stack 7” press? If so, I would back off and try 4-5 cups next time and see what happens.
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