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    Came back from vacation to find 110 gallons of...

    Came back from vacation to find 110 gallons of crystal clear sweet tasting sap waiting for me in my barrles. Trees are running hard today gonna loose some sleep this week to boiling.

    Finally got...
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    Everything I had was running great today. Even...

    Everything I had was running great today. Even tomorrow after the snow pushes out it's supposed to back up to 40. Where I am I'm not sure it's going to get cold enough to stop running on vacuum.
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    For what it's worth today my trees ar running as...

    For what it's worth today my trees ar running as strong as they ever have. Temp is 45 and sunny sky's at noon. Still managed 80 gallons of sap thru this past week. Would have been more but there was...
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    Yep the old rubber hose is best for cold weather...

    Yep the old rubber hose is best for cold weather and having little memory. They tend to leave marks on things that the hose rubs up against but not always.

    Amazon has a selection of them.
  5. Thread: RO bucket

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    Permeate has some trace sugar in it. The RO...

    Permeate has some trace sugar in it. The RO process does not make it sterile although it is pretty close. The RO bucket grade of RO filters don't make the water as pure as a higher grade higher...
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    Along the way reading things here I found an easy...

    Along the way reading things here I found an easy rule to follow on the second tap per tree. It is not as scientific as you might want but it works for me.

    If you hug the tree and your hands...
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    Nothing wrong with tack welding nails to hold the...

    Nothing wrong with tack welding nails to hold the insulation. It works great. You may want to step up the size of the nail just to make it a little easier to hold and weld. A common nail with a head...
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    You will have a very hard time using a ball valve...

    You will have a very hard time using a ball valve to control small amounts of flow like that.

    If you can wait a day or two Amazon has brass needle valves for 7.99.
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    The blowers from large inflatable lawn ornaments...

    The blowers from large inflatable lawn ornaments make decent AOF blowers in a pinch and can be had pretty cheap if you keep an eye out for them.
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    If it really stays that cold for that long I...

    If it really stays that cold for that long I might have time to rig up an AOF setup for my evaporator. Judging by the smoke coming out of the stack I have a good amount of unburned gasses.
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    I agree it looks like a freezer here for the next...

    I agree it looks like a freezer here for the next 5 days at least. I got another 40 gallons of sap today that is going to have to wait until things warm up again.

    The wind has brought on a chance...
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    What a soggy Sunday morning. Sap has been running...

    What a soggy Sunday morning. Sap has been running all weekend, another 90 gallons since Friday afternoon.

    Putting a roof over the evaporator this year is paying off today.
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    No reason it wouldn't work. I patched a chewed...

    No reason it wouldn't work. I patched a chewed 3/16 line at the top of a hill last year with a lenght of 5/16 and it worked just as good after the patch.
  14. Thread: Getting ready

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    When adjusting your boiling point temp you only...

    When adjusting your boiling point temp you only need to take into account your local observed atmospheric pressure. It the pressure that matters not the elevation.

    The basic equation is this:
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    Checked my collection barrels on my way into work...

    Checked my collection barrels on my way into work this morning at 430am. Air temps were at or just below freezing most of the night but everything is still running. Got another 40 gallons since I...
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    Natural vacuum refers to the vacuum that is...

    Natural vacuum refers to the vacuum that is created in 3/16 tubing by the sap falling down hill inside the tubing. If you have the right conditions for natural vacuum to work for you than it is...
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    1.5" is a good depth for your tap hole. Reds...

    1.5" is a good depth for your tap hole.

    Reds and silvers can be very finiky on buckets. They have a tendency to not be the best producers. They perform much better on vacuum. Even a little bit of...
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    Seems like the weather is in a very kind pattern...

    Seems like the weather is in a very kind pattern these last couple weeks. It's the start of another great run. Just in time to boil on the weekend. I'm up to 4.5 gallons finished so far. Hoping to...
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    You need a bigger blower. I would say at least...

    You need a bigger blower. I would say at least 200CFM. Don't bother with ducting under the grate you really just need more air if all your current blower is doing is 50cfm.

    You don't want to blow...
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    He has the Smokey Lake drop flue hybrid pan for...

    He has the Smokey Lake drop flue hybrid pan for hiss half pint. That pan should exceed the output of a standard flat pan by a good amount.

    What size blower fan are you trying to use for the AUF?...
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    Forecasted to hit 50 today and stay above...

    Forecasted to hit 50 today and stay above freezing most of the night. Should be enough of a run to fill all the pans back up for a weekend boil. Everything got good and frozen the last couple days.
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    Possibly just get some sheet metal, either...

    Possibly just get some sheet metal, either aluminum or stainless steel, then use a spring clamp to hold the sheet metal in place on the divider blocking your pass thrus. You don't need a water tight...
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    The open end of the V grate should be on facing...

    The open end of the V grate should be on facing up.

    fire
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    air

    The open V catches ash from the fire and insulates the grates helping to protect them from warping. They also...
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    The most common ways for your average backyard...

    The most common ways for your average backyard operation is either in glass canning jars, or in glass or plastic syrup bottles purchase from an online or local supplier.

    If the syrup is finished...
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    Ahh your first post made it sound like you...

    Ahh your first post made it sound like you already had a pan and wanted to add to it. If the pan is currently being fabricated then yea by all means add dividers if that the route you want to go. It...
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