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    No need to explain here. Just about everyone on...

    No need to explain here. Just about everyone on this site, especially the hobbyists, has experienced those days. The problem is every time we add efficiency, we add taps!
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    First, I would build the sugar house based on...

    First, I would build the sugar house based on what you need/want and not on avoiding a permit. Permitting is a fraction of the total cost of the job. Five years after building, I have heard people...
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    Yes, that works and it's the principle behind the...

    Yes, that works and it's the principle behind the S3 controller system Mountain Maple makes. You'll only need one valve, though. If you put the pump on the bypass branch and the valve on the direct...
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    It should work. It says it's adjustable to 0.1"....

    It should work. It says it's adjustable to 0.1". I use this food mill which works on the same idea. You make a lot more sugar than me, so it might be nice to have the big hopper. See what the...
  5. Thread: Cupola build ?

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    Right. I just wanted to make a mental picture. ...

    Right. I just wanted to make a mental picture. I think no matter what, the building inspector should approve the plan. A building inspector is usually a former builder with a ton of experience and...
  6. Thread: Cupola build ?

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    I framed mine to be open to reduce the surfaces...

    I framed mine to be open to reduce the surfaces for steam to gather right above the pan. Plus I like the way it looks open. It's not wrong to leave the rafters in place, just a preference - less...
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    Plan for the 150 taps, so you are buying one rig...

    Plan for the 150 taps, so you are buying one rig for the next five years. You don't want to be too conservative and wish you bought a bigger evaporator in two years. Some upgrades are good to do...
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    Phew! Thanks for the peace of mind, guys. It's...

    Phew! Thanks for the peace of mind, guys. It's about a 4' run and about a 2' drop or so. I can adjust the height easily enough if I need to.

    New question - The head tank is 2'W x 3'L x 30"H and...
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    Thanks for all the feedback. I ended up going...

    Thanks for all the feedback. I ended up going with the 100 gallon tank for the head tank. The bigger one is my new collection tank (625 gallons). Overall, I'm happy with them, but he made a...
  10. Thread: syrup theif

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    Ha, ha. At least he came back to try to settle...

    Ha, ha. At least he came back to try to settle up. I thought you were going to say he returned and took the $7 back!

    People have been really good here. I've only been shorted one time in many...
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    Game camera and limiting the amount you have out...

    Game camera and limiting the amount you have out are good steps. All of my pickup business is email or text in advance. They write what they want and I let them know when they can pick it up -...
  12. I just got a call from Dan Miller of all people. ...

    I just got a call from Dan Miller of all people. Weird that he happened to call today when this came up. It's happened before where he has called me a second time within a few days. He gets some...
  13. I should add that I think he has a ton of work. ...

    I should add that I think he has a ton of work. The very first time I talked to him in May just to get pricing, he was looking at having things done in July. A couple weeks later when I was...
  14. I just talked to Dan, the owner a few days ago...

    I just talked to Dan, the owner a few days ago and set up a day to pick up the tanks I ordered this spring. I think I remember seeing something posted on their FB page about them making some kind of...
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    I'm sorry for your loss. That's a nice tribute...

    I'm sorry for your loss. That's a nice tribute you wrote to your dad. It's always sad when we lose that direct connection to the past - sugaring or otherwise. I'm glad you all had so many years...
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    For the amount of wood you are going to be using,...

    For the amount of wood you are going to be using, you are better off buying a good maul, a sledge and 2-3 wedges. Have the tree guy chip the brush, but keep everything 2" and up. It's amazing what...
  17. Thread: Hobart Mixer

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    Funny this thread popped up as I just made my...

    Funny this thread popped up as I just made my "worst" batch of sugar today. Like you, Mark, I used a Very Dark, not scorched though. I've gradually tried out darker and darker grades and I think I...
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    I had a feeling I could be over doing it. I use...

    I had a feeling I could be over doing it. I use a 55 gal drum on its side, tilted now and it can hold about 35 gallons when full. I'm always making improvements, but I want this to be my last head...
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    New Head Tank Sizing

    I'm having A and A make a bigger storage tank for me and while I'm at it, I decided to upgrade my head tank. I'm also upgrading my RO to a 250. I'm thinking 125 or 150 gallons for the head tank. ...
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    I had your EXACT situation happen to me once. My...

    I had your EXACT situation happen to me once. My previous experience was identical to yours in that I'd had some haze show up from time to time over the years, but then one time little puffs of...
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    That was fun. I can tell a lot of planning went...

    That was fun. I can tell a lot of planning went into that - prepping your shot, setting up the camera, etc. Lots of work. Thanks for sharing!

    Noticed the A and A evaporator. Did you drive out...
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    All good thoughts - especially the economy of...

    All good thoughts - especially the economy of scale. There are way too many variables to have a general rule about profitability. For me, almost all goes out the door retail, so that helps a lot...
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    A and A got back to me. Turns out the tank is...

    A and A got back to me. Turns out the tank is rectangular and needs a frame built around it to support the metal from bending from the weight of the sap. It's 24 ga. stainless. He recommended a...
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    You are right about the carbon filter. I use...

    You are right about the carbon filter. I use filtered city water for my beginning of the the year rinse/wash. I use something like this:...
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    Right?!! I'm headed out to Ohio this summer and...

    Right?!! I'm headed out to Ohio this summer and I'd be crazy not to at least stop in for a peek.

    Dave, I figured if anyone knew, you would. I was thinking along the same lines as you, but then I...
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