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  1. Thread: Proud grandpa

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    Dave, You must be very proud of that young man....

    Dave, You must be very proud of that young man. In these times I really like to hear about the youths who are still being taught from a young age the how's and why's of firearms. I do that with my...
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    It will make great campfire wood. Don't use it in...

    It will make great campfire wood. Don't use it in the evaporator. That coating could cause an off flavor in your syrup.
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    I personally could not answer that question as I...

    I personally could not answer that question as I have not used one.
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    Check your local CDL store they will have sap...

    Check your local CDL store they will have sap hydrometers. They are usually around $20.00 or maybe a little more. It's been a while since I bought mine and I do not know about the prices in Canada.
  5. I had a similar set-up without a hood. there was...

    I had a similar set-up without a hood. there was a lot of condensation. If there is anyway you could use a plywood I believe that may be a better choice. then you can paint it. This is what I did i...
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    You are correct in your one statement that the...

    You are correct in your one statement that the heat source should be in direct contact with the pan. You will get a much better evaporation rate that way. If there is any way to make this happen I...
  7. Anything that remains will disappear shortly...

    Anything that remains will disappear shortly after you start working and evaporating. I wouldn't be to concerned about the blocks getting damp while you are cooking,
    they should be warm enough to...
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    Patience young Jedi

    Patience young Jedi
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    You could also use ceramic blanket in place of...

    You could also use ceramic blanket in place of fire brick on the ramp and flat surface if you still have some of that roll remaining.
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    The flue pan is the main boiling pan and as the...

    The flue pan is the main boiling pan and as the sap concentrates it moves thru to the front pan which is the syrup pan.
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    Is that for just one or a pack of 25?

    Is that for just one or a pack of 25?
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    Very nicely done Gary. I believe you are well on...

    Very nicely done Gary. I believe you are well on your way to making yourself into a syrup maker. Just imagine that with a raised flue pan in the back and the syrup pan with a draw off valve in the...
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    Most all manufactured evaporators are made this...

    Most all manufactured evaporators are made this way. I am not sure at what angle it is. As they say, couldn't hurt.
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    You can you thru here in the classified ads or...

    You can you thru here in the classified ads or check with a local maple supply store. Smoky Lake makes a real nice hobby evaporator in either the starcat or dauntlas model. The big problem you are...
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    Where do you buy 1 gallon containers of peroxide?

    Where do you buy 1 gallon containers of peroxide?
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    You know what I would do with that is set it up...

    You know what I would do with that is set it up on a short platform and pour your five gallon buckets into it. As you need sap draw off from the 55 gallon drum. Frees' up the 5 gallon buckets and...
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    I think you'll be fine, you've washed and...

    I think you'll be fine, you've washed and rewashed several times. I don't believe you will have any issues.
  18. Thread: My plan

    by Pdiamond
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    Gary, how long does that snow last all piled up...

    Gary, how long does that snow last all piled up in that deep of a ravine?
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    You've done a very nice job with the arch. are...

    You've done a very nice job with the arch. are you covering it with a tarp over the winter?
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    Aren't most things maple related over our...

    Aren't most things maple related over our budgets. that's what my wife tells me all the time.
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    You will lose the gradient as the pan cools with...

    You will lose the gradient as the pan cools with a divided pan. It does come back quickly the next time you fire provided you use the liquid you have in the pan or maybe stored because of warm...
  22. won't hurt a thing.

    won't hurt a thing.
  23. Gary, that would do the same thing.

    Gary, that would do the same thing.
  24. An evaporator is not like a wood burning stove....

    An evaporator is not like a wood burning stove. you do not want to put in a damper in your stove pipe. Yes you lose some heat, but you want that fire ripping to boil off the sap as quickly as...
  25. MY suggestion is to raise it up to within an inch...

    MY suggestion is to raise it up to within an inch of the bottom of the pan then about 4 inches in front of your chimney vent drop it back down. That may help create turbulence and keep some of the...
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