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    Just to be clear maple dabler, the...

    Just to be clear maple dabler, the paraformaldehyde was inserted into the tapholes as a pill/pellet and not incorporated into the spout to the best of my knowledge. I doubt the pills would have...
  2. Thread: Critters in Sap

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    I had a couple of slugs as well on my last gather...

    I had a couple of slugs as well on my last gather along with a few young night crawlers.
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    Just wondering 220 maple how your sap sugar...

    Just wondering 220 maple how your sap sugar levels were this spring following your dry summer? As I assumed in December, my sugar was really low this year (1 average) after a dreary, overcast, wet...
  4. Thread: First boil

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    I think I had my last boil last night down a the...

    I think I had my last boil last night down a the Ohio state line. Sap looked better than I expected. The syrup tasted great but very dark and wanted to foam up pretty good. If I had sugar maples...
  5. Yes on the highest setting. As you get closer to...

    Yes on the highest setting. As you get closer to syrup you need to use defoamer or dial it down. I've used an even bigger turkey fryer type pot.
  6. I use one to finish near syrup. It works great...

    I use one to finish near syrup. It works great for that. Real easy to control the boil. One year I boiled the contents of my 2x6 at the end of the year. It worked but it took a looong time.
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    Always keep your sap segregated in 4 or 5 gallon...

    Always keep your sap segregated in 4 or 5 gallon buckets like your doing. One bad bucket of sap can spoil a whole 55 gallon barrel of sap if you combine it together. You can also lose a lot of your...
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    I would use it but watch it like a hawk. The pan...

    I would use it but watch it like a hawk. The pan might act differently than before. Sweet might back up at that low spot. I don't think that would happen, did you have any charring?
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    Look for opposite branching in maples if you cant...

    Look for opposite branching in maples if you cant tell from the bark. Ash trees are probably the only other opposite branching tree in your area.
  10. I heard peepers Tuesday night and I'm in southern...

    I heard peepers Tuesday night and I'm in southern mi. Still ice on the ponds,mud everywhere ,no frost. My dad always said 2 weeks after frogs peeping and your done. It may be a short season or...
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    You could save this syrup and blend it with later...

    You could save this syrup and blend it with later syrup that has more maple flavor.
  12. Thread: StarCat Review

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    Sap seeker, there is a full fledged brand new...

    Sap seeker, there is a full fledged brand new 2x5.25 drop flue evaporator listed in the maple trader classifieds that I am sure would get you over 8 gallon per hour evap rate. Price looks good too. ...
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    What does the syrup taste like?

    What does the syrup taste like?
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    That's what I do. Just wash them thoroughly with...

    That's what I do. Just wash them thoroughly with plain water.
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    Coals should fall through your grates into an ash...

    Coals should fall through your grates into an ash pit below. Your grates should form a flat platform for your wood to sit on. Every time I fire I run a black iron fire poker under my wood to make...
  16. This might not be the right way to handle getting...

    This might not be the right way to handle getting syrup in the middle of the evaporator but here is what I do. I first add a couple of drops of defoamer to each channel of the front pan, so I can see...
  17. Thread: Scoop, skimmer?

    by Ed R
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    A small stainless stock pot with a long stainless...

    A small stainless stock pot with a long stainless handle will work for a scoup/dipper. I had a skimmer made for me by an Amish sheet metal guy. I also have some older hand me downs that I don't use...
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    Defoamer for foaming is the ticket , it might...

    Defoamer for foaming is the ticket , it might help a little with the banging/explosive boil but not much.
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    It's caused by the niter/sugar sand in your syrup...

    It's caused by the niter/sugar sand in your syrup causing hot spots/mini explosions on the bottom of your pans when it sticks. Pre-filtering you nearup will help before final finishing.
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    Cloudy sap or yellow sap or smelly sap = buddy...

    Cloudy sap or yellow sap or smelly sap = buddy syrup.
    Clear non smelly sap= good non buddy syrup. Expanded flower buds on red and silver maples means its time to pull taps. I always know when...
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    I've found that when testing individual trees the...

    I've found that when testing individual trees the best running trees tended to be the sweetest.
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    I remember one year quite awhile ago when the sap...

    I remember one year quite awhile ago when the sap was around 3.5 for most of the year, plus the weather was exceptional all season with a lot of freezing nights where you could through out the ice...
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    Looks like the first couple of runs are going to...

    Looks like the first couple of runs are going to be the 3-4 days warm then 3-4 days cold type affairs. I am tapped down at the state line and had my first boil last night.
  24. Thread: Annoyed...

    by Ed R
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    If you are on gravity, tapping 2 inches or even a...

    If you are on gravity, tapping 2 inches or even a little deeper if the bark on the tree is thick will get you way more sap. If you pull those taps you will probably need new spouts since they look...
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    I have about 10 firehouse buckets that I use for...

    I have about 10 firehouse buckets that I use for gathering and to transport sap from my 10 taps in town at my office. The tops work good to snap down. No smell after a month or 2, still I would not...
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