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    I bought and moved a leader 1/2 pint, fully...

    I bought and moved a leader 1/2 pint, fully bricked. Loaded and unloaded with a small JD 1025R w/120 loader. Capacity of that loader (750 lbs.) was reached - had to curl the bucket to get it off...
  2. Thread: Mason 2x4

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    :cool: I'll bet it's a thing of beauty. Good...

    :cool: I'll bet it's a thing of beauty. Good luck on a successful season.
  3. Thread: Mason 2x4

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    What's Bill's estimate of the boiling rate of...

    What's Bill's estimate of the boiling rate of that unit?
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    I reverse flow, daily (or about every 50-60 gal...

    I reverse flow, daily (or about every 50-60 gal of sap). Outlets of the preheat pan sit over the end of the boil pan. Copper feed tube, you see on left, brings sap to front of pan for that...
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    Where, in NY are you? I have a factory half-pint...

    Where, in NY are you? I have a factory half-pint with a homemade addition for preheating that works great. I might have some PICs, not home till September, or I coould get whatever you want - or...
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    I would think Bill Mason would be more than happy...

    I would think Bill Mason would be more than happy to talk to you about the briking of one his arches.
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    I did windows in our 1964 vintage home, had a...

    I did windows in our 1964 vintage home, had a contractor buddy come over and showed me how to measure, I did the measuring for 16 windows, ordered from Lowes, he came back and helped me install one,...
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    Just consider your roof framing/design and the...

    Just consider your roof framing/design and the additional weight of the metal. Strip the shingles if weight is a concern.
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    For sure. I have my wood for next year (split to...

    For sure. I have my wood for next year (split to size) and the wood for 2021 waiting to be split. It does feel good.
  10. Good choice on the Mason. I don't think you will...

    Good choice on the Mason. I don't think you will regret it. I've been looking really hard at one.
  11. Thread: Not impressed

    by phil-t
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    What did Smoky Lake have to say about it?

    What did Smoky Lake have to say about it?
  12. I take finished syrup dirrectly off my half-pint....

    I take finished syrup dirrectly off my half-pint. No problem, at all.
  13. 25 taps and a half-pint is where I am. I did 60...

    25 taps and a half-pint is where I am. I did 60 taps last year and cut back - didn't like the 10-12 hour days of boiling. Did a barrel evaporator and didn'y like it all.
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    Ended my season tonight. Pulled my taps at noon...

    Ended my season tonight. Pulled my taps at noon today and just finished boiling all the sap I had. Small operation this year - 27 taps and 12-3/4 gallons of syrup. Had a great year, all my family...
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    So, this is strange to me, as well. We run a...

    So, this is strange to me, as well. We run a Leader half-pint (pretty stock setup) this year, I have help and we are running it 15 to 18 hours a day. Last night, my helper came up to the house all...
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    Never used asapling, but did use a simmilar rig. ...

    Never used asapling, but did use a simmilar rig. Built from a barrell with steam pans. Did not like it, I would not reccomend that much over what you are doing now. I found a used Leader Half Pint...
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    I have a Leader HalfPint - first year was last...

    I have a Leader HalfPint - first year was last season and I thought the same as you. Then I realized that the pan had over 4 gal. of sap to start and in order to get syrup that 4 gal was going to...
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    LOL, maybe where you live! Those flower boxes...

    LOL, maybe where you live! Those flower boxes might be in one of those "things" called an ecological niche. :cool: I can see an excellent season ahead.
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    Maybe inefficient, but still cheaper (by 50%) to...

    Maybe inefficient, but still cheaper (by 50%) to heat my house with wood instead of LP. And all I do is buy it - cut, split, deliverd, and stacked (2 years ahead) move it to the house and burn it.
  20. Thread: RO bucket

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    Get the auto shutoff feature. You don't have to...

    Get the auto shutoff feature. You don't have to be there, only to start the RO. It does the work, not you.
    Though I have not taken this step for similar reasons. Definitely see the advantage,...
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    Did 28 gal. of 3%, from the 29 taps I had in,...

    Did 28 gal. of 3%, from the 29 taps I had in, this past Saturday/Sunday. Concentrated it to 3 gal. and froze it for the next run - when ever that might happen.
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    Thank you. I have learned a lot about 3/16...

    Thank you. I have learned a lot about 3/16 tubing in the past year. Changing my ways, now, and still learning. Eventhough my maple thing is a small hobby, I still want to do things the best way...
  23. Yes, I forgot to mention that I blocked off the...

    Yes, I forgot to mention that I blocked off the space at the front of the grates, between the door opening and the grates. I may try blocking some of the grate space, as recommended, by Dave.
  24. Yep.dump it into the arch under the grates. No...

    Yep.dump it into the arch under the grates. No tube or ducting inside. My HalfPint came with a DIY AUF, squirrelcage fan into a draft door replacement and a tube inside with holes, the length of...
  25. Thread: Drop flue pan.

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    Leader advertises a 65% increase with their...

    Leader advertises a 65% increase with their extension kit using the 2X3 supreme pan on the extension. I think that may be a bit conservative.
    I run a halfpint standard pan and am thinking of...
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