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    Ken, That would be how i normally make syrup....

    Ken,
    That would be how i normally make syrup. Hard for me to stay in the zone with wood fire and 5 foot syrup pan. Haven't come up with a name for that yet:)
    Happy Easter!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Ed, Folks, Well you would have been spot on...

    Ed, Folks,
    Well you would have been spot on with that prediction this year. There was some additional syrup to be made this season. We wrapped up a little early. Things to do and had two big maple...
  3. Sounds like you have a handle on it! Good luck...

    Sounds like you have a handle on it!
    Good luck with your sugar. You probably wouldn't hurt anything to go a few degrees higher when boiling it.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Folks, Several local sugarhouse are still...

    Folks,
    Several local sugarhouse are still making syrup. Darker but good flavor. Also heard that there may have been some metabolic flavors detected in some of this later syrup. I guess I continue...
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    Cote, I think you have done a good job think...

    Cote,
    I think you have done a good job think about this and some may argure that your numbers are way too high but I dont think so. I think you have a plan and the correct approximate costs. Ways...
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    wood shed is 24 x 10, still burning wood and...

    wood shed is 24 x 10, still burning wood and boiling raw sap.
    https://i.imgur.com/BwnbHd1.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/EfsGhjB.jpg

    Steve in the wood shed:
    https://i.imgur.com/JJV9hLa.jpg

    Yes as...
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    I used most of that 50 year old design...

    I used most of that 50 year old design information to start the design work for our sugarhouse. For 500 to 700 taps its perfect. I also added a lot of the best features from visiting other...
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    Kstevens, FOR Sure two or three more gals would...

    Kstevens,
    FOR Sure two or three more gals would always help the situation! Wait, maybe you mean gallons of syrup?:) Anyway the act of watching water boil goes way back to the cave man days. Staying...
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    I have not. Maybe just not tried hard enough??:)...

    I have not. Maybe just not tried hard enough??:) One time I tried and it came out way to grainy! Haven't tried to make any lately with the Hobart.
    Not sure what type stirring paddle might work?...
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    I am a little bigger than most in this thread but...

    I am a little bigger than most in this thread but way smaller than a lot of producers too.
    My suggestions:
    When Maple season its just that maple season, not much else or it will over whelm you. ...
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    Folks, Could the OP's problem be that he is...

    Folks,
    Could the OP's problem be that he is reheating the syrup too high (maybe above 200F) during canning?? Did the process / temps change from the clear syrup on the right to the cloudy syrup on...
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    Swingpure, Congratulations on your first maple...

    Swingpure,
    Congratulations on your first maple season!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    All of the above! Next time you have pans built,...

    All of the above!
    Next time you have pans built, if it is a option, get the boxes the same height so you can fill the pan to the top. then the cleaning solutions can do their job with minimal...
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    As Jim of Father and Son would say while making...

    As Jim of Father and Son would say while making syrup "at any one moment your only 15 seconds from disaster"!

    I would say that you are now a sugarmaker!

    I had syrup heating in the canner...
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    Folks, Cheryl and I picked up the sap containers...

    Folks,
    Cheryl and I picked up the sap containers and bases.
    Drained the evaporator after heating with the vinegar in the pans and steam away.
    Yesterday Great grandson Cooper had a good time...
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    Gary, For local custom work Creekside Welding...

    Gary,
    For local custom work Creekside Welding and Machine in Girard is a good source for this type of work. You will want a all stainless hood and pipe system for your nice rig! Dave Y. can do it!...
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    Jim, What is the amount of syrup your...

    Jim,
    What is the amount of syrup your filtering? Small volumes of syrup are hard to get through the cone type filter system.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Ryne, Folks, Have stuck a fork in it for the...

    Ryne, Folks,
    Have stuck a fork in it for the season. Lines all rinsed and draining in the bush. Will pick up the containers in a day or so. Have the evaporator and steam away filled with vinegar...
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    Most of the time this is weather related. I would...

    Most of the time this is weather related. I would say too warm. I have seen orange, brown, tan, and shades between. I have dumped some and boiled some.
    Keep boiling!
    regards,
    Chris
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    Dont know but a guess would be 200- 300 GPH or...

    Dont know but a guess would be 200- 300 GPH or better? Our old 3 x 10 will do about 120 per hour.
    That's a good sized rig in today's world of R.O.'s, but depends how many taps you have.
    Regards,
    ...
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    In what is known around here as the Bortles zone!...

    In what is known around here as the Bortles zone! Which means as your syrup is being drawn off the temp doesnt get higher than .3 above the setpoint. The rig is running pretty good at that time....
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    Maple folks, Could we be done! Well the seasons...

    Maple folks,
    Could we be done! Well the seasons seem to be getting shorter! We completed 130 gallons of syrup Amber, Dark and a little Very Dark.
    Cheryl watching the rig:...
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    Folks, https://i.imgur.com/euu3Dz6.jpg We...

    Folks,
    https://i.imgur.com/euu3Dz6.jpg

    We have about 120 gallons so far. Weather is too warm to run till early next week. May need to get the syrup boiled in, that is in the rig....
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    Maple folks, Still plodding along making syrup...

    Maple folks,
    Still plodding along making syrup when sap is there!
    https://i.imgur.com/YOvU4jJ.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/TuQNEBI.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/GzbmmUq.jpg
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    Folks, https://i.imgur.com/e4Cf52V.jpg ...

    Folks,
    https://i.imgur.com/e4Cf52V.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/Ywqmm56.jpg

    Maple Taste and Tour in a blizzard! It was great! Had lots of fun!
    Regards,
    Chris
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