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    Looks good!

    Looks good!
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    Went and picked up the new rig this morning. I...

    Went and picked up the new rig this morning. I sure appreciate you guys chiming in.

    The bricks were just laid in, got em all out in about 20 minutes, ALL 70-80 of em- full bricks. Well, some were...
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    I used 3/16 drops on 3/16 laterals when I started...

    I used 3/16 drops on 3/16 laterals when I started 3 years ago. in 2018 I replaced them all with 5/16 drops and used cv spouts. This year I used economy spouts since I never did see sap pull more than...
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    Leavin in the morning to pick up a new to me 2x6...

    Leavin in the morning to pick up a new to me 2x6 Evaporator!! 6 hrs each way. Picking up mainline, tubing and 700 taps on the way home.
    My goal is to tap during the first week of January. ...
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    #1 and 3 are sugars, #2 red the edges are smooth...

    #1 and 3 are sugars, #2 red the edges are smooth on sugars, and jagged on red and silvers, silvers lobes are much narrower.
  6. Thread: 52 years

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    Congratulations Dave and pass on to your wife...

    Congratulations Dave and pass on to your wife too! Thanks for all you contribute to the Trader. Best wishes for many more!
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    Sounds like taking the bricks out is going to be...

    Sounds like taking the bricks out is going to be the plan. It was used for 3 seasons and has sat for 5-7 years. An old feller bought it and hired a couple to put in his tubing and run the operation,...
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    How much does a bricked 2x6 arch weigh?

    Goin to pick up a new to me 2x6 raised flue evaporator here in a few weeks. The seller bought the land and it included a sugar shack and this evaporator. I'm getting the arch, pans and stack. He has...
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    I ran out of 3/16 last year, but I did have...

    I ran out of 3/16 last year, but I did have several rolls of 5/16 so I used a 3/16-5/16-3/16 tee and ran two 3/16's laterals into a 5/16 on 10 laterals. The five 5/16 extensions were only 100' or so...
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    Milton there's about a hundred threads on here...

    Milton there's about a hundred threads on here for 12v diaphragm pumps, lots of photos. From solar with temp controllers to 110v and 12v marine batteries. It all depends on your budget and the...
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    I expanded my deer run 125 hobby between last...

    I expanded my deer run 125 hobby between last year and this year. I added another membrane and switched from gas to electric with a 330 procon. I used a Wayne 1 hp feed pump. What I did not do was...
  12. Thread: Squirrels

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    I talked to my Maple Dealer about getting 1'...

    I talked to my Maple Dealer about getting 1' rolls of tubing next year instead of 800'. I just need enough to go between all the splices we put in this year. Definitely goin to try Dave's hot sauce...
  13. Thread: RO information

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    This RO requires constant attention, I watch it...

    This RO requires constant attention, I watch it and my float box constantly but as you get used to it, it's really a good feeling to see that permeate tank fill up and realize how much steam you...
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    Russel, I think you are right about the...

    Russel,

    I think you are right about the flowers, the bees have been bringing in pollen like crazy. Yesterday I was out cuttin up a red pine that uprooted amongst he red maple bush, there were so...
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    I had 425 sugars and had 17 reds tapped. In the...

    I had 425 sugars and had 17 reds tapped. In the woods right behind my house, I had 62 taps on 3/16 with a shurflo pulling 24" vac, 12 were reds. The reds buds were swelling 2 weeks ago, so I went out...
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    I bought a 4 stockpot set from Ollies, it came...

    I bought a 4 stockpot set from Ollies, it came with 8, 12, 16 and 20 qt stainless stockpots and lids. I think it was $29. For the canner- I put the 12 qt inside the 20 qt, , marked, measured and...
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    I quit buying CV spouts when I switched to 5/16...

    I quit buying CV spouts when I switched to 5/16 drops.

    The most sap I have seen in the 5/16 drops is 14". That equates to 1.07 cubic inches. That would fill 38" of 3/16. the 3/16-5/16-3/16 tees...
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    We finished up Sunday night, 52 gallon for the...

    We finished up Sunday night, 52 gallon for the season, pretty much sold out already, have 13 gallons left to filter and bottle, going down to Paintsville KY to borrow a filter press later this week....
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    I've got my 4008 up to 24" on 62 taps, 5 laterals...

    I've got my 4008 up to 24" on 62 taps, 5 laterals running to a manifold. When I put the pump on it started at 10", fixed leaks, got to 14" found a broken tee almost to the end of the longest lateral,...
  20. As bowhunter said, it will implode and tear stuff...

    As bowhunter said, it will implode and tear stuff up! It happened to me this year. I upgraded my deer run 125 from gas motor 100 gph pump to an electric motor and 330 gph procon. I did not upgrade...
  21. Thread: 3/16" Blocked

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    Blowing into the tap hole is proven to introduce...

    Blowing into the tap hole is proven to introduce bacteria and reduce the amount of sap you'll get from that tap. It;s the instinctual thing to do, but it's also kind of the cardinal rule in sugaring....
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    Lessons learned this year" Draw off syrup a...

    Lessons learned this year"

    Draw off syrup a little heavy and thinning with boiling permeate is easier than drawing off light then finishing on gas and filtering again.

    We put up some gauges...
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    I've enjoyed the break the last few days,...

    I've enjoyed the break the last few days, catching up on other farm chores, happy the mud has been frozen enough to get around on a little easier. It's been 12-20 hour days the last month. I'm at a...
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    https://www.mapleexperts.com/membranes I...

    https://www.mapleexperts.com/membranes

    I bought a used Deer Run 125 and used it last year. This year I upgraded it to electric, added another vessel and two brad new XLE's this year. I used MES...
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    It's so bad the bees were flying Wednesday, but...

    It's so bad the bees were flying Wednesday, but they weren't interested in it. I'm just going to chalk it up to experience. I'll see if it will vinegar up, might just dump it. It's bad, real bad.
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