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  1. I don't recall how many years ago I got my first...

    I don't recall how many years ago I got my first NASS report to file, but it was over 10 years ago, maybe even 15 yrs. I sent back the report each time, this year I did not get one to file.
    Another...
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    I think most are 20 ga SS. To drill SS use a...

    I think most are 20 ga SS. To drill SS use a cobalt bit, it works best for SS. You should get several holes, if not all of them on one bit.
  3. I also didn't get one. I heard they were just...

    I also didn't get one. I heard they were just taking a sample and prorating from that. Seems like a faulty way to do it, especially if the pick the wrong ones to poll.
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    I guessed that because when I was 6-7 yrs old, my...

    I guessed that because when I was 6-7 yrs old, my grand parents on my father's side still had a few cows. I think at that time they had 13-14 still, not sure how many were milking, some were young...
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    My 2x6 propane finisher has a 6" stack, no...

    My 2x6 propane finisher has a 6" stack, no damper. It heats very well.
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    A cooler for milk cans?

    A cooler for milk cans?
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    Ceramic blanket is normally used. Study before...

    Ceramic blanket is normally used. Study before you finish the build, I've had 2 finishers, the first was just 16x34" with 2 burners, I think the burners were 6" below the pans. My current finisher...
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    So far I just bought a 100 AH LiFePo4 battery...

    So far I just bought a 100 AH LiFePo4 battery (Lithium Iron Phosphate) bank to replace my old lead/acid 48V bank. will be set up soon at the sugarhouse for my back up power. My last battery bank,...
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    Question, what is in between the old location and...

    Question, what is in between the old location and the new? Can you pump the sap from old to new?
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    Looks like niter (sugar sand). It likely means...

    Looks like niter (sugar sand). It likely means you did not do a perfect job filtering. Read threads on this site about how to filter using a filter press. Then ask all of the questions you may have.
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    Look into solar, I ran my sugarhouse on solar...

    Look into solar, I ran my sugarhouse on solar (and a generator) for 4 years before tying into the grid. PM me and I can give you some info. I started with 4 panels and grew as money was available, I...
  12. Before that, what might your expansion be 2-3...

    Before that, what might your expansion be 2-3 years out? Is the 50-60 taps your likely max?
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    And my dad had a bulldozer he hauled on a...

    And my dad had a bulldozer he hauled on a trailer. He used elm planks because the dozer tracks didn't destroy them as fast as other types of wood. We see very few here now, they were the main trees...
  14. In that case maybe just gable type vents might be...

    In that case maybe just gable type vents might be fine. I have no vents, but my sugarhouse is not that tight.
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    I made a "kicker" to open the doors. I pull a...

    I made a "kicker" to open the doors. I pull a rope and a wooden arm kicks the doors, to push them out. Sometimes I need to pull that kicker a second time. I then pull a second rope to close the...
  16. Make a cupola, that is by far the best way to...

    Make a cupola, that is by far the best way to vent all of the steam generated boiling sap into syrup. The only other good way is to have hoods on the pan and vent the steam thru steam stacks. Even a...
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    Nice, but you will need to boil forever to try to...

    Nice, but you will need to boil forever to try to get syrup from the sap in there.
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    I fully understand, I'll be 73 the fall and I'm...

    I fully understand, I'll be 73 the fall and I'm getting rid of my lease in the hills, far too much climbing steep hills. I will be expanding around the sugarhouse, but there are no hills there. I...
  19. Thread: Jet pump

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    I just use a 1HP SS sprinkler pump to feed my RO,...

    I just use a 1HP SS sprinkler pump to feed my RO, it runs at 75 PSI +/-2. It runs continuous. I often thought a jet pump on a pressure switch would keep rapid cycling which is not good for a pump. If...
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    Amen to that!

    Amen to that!
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    Yes, it's a lot of wood, but I have a Super...

    Yes, it's a lot of wood, but I have a Super Split, It is FAST, about 1 second to split, which helps when I split it all to wrist size. The RO helped a lot too and when I got it, I started getting...
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    I ran generators for 8 years, but never an...

    I ran generators for 8 years, but never an inverter generator, 4 years on a 5500 watt gas and then 4 years on a 6000 watt diesel. I had mine 75' away and had a 4x8 plywood wall to minimize the noise....
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    As said, most any potable water hose. Most I...

    As said, most any potable water hose. Most I think use something like Spiroflex, but many use blue mainline. When you run the line, consider using a good quality heat tape and foam insulation. I have...
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    I've got about 3 years worth in logs, enough...

    I've got about 3 years worth in logs, enough bucked for 2020 but will be splitting it before June is over. Right now I only have about half done for 2020.
    After burning wood for 45 years to heat my...
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    Big Mike, what size evaporator do you have?, As...

    Big Mike, what size evaporator do you have?, As an evaporator gets bigger the blower does too.
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