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    Some of us with drafty sugar houses had...

    Some of us with drafty sugar houses had interesting boiling experiences too. I had items blowing off the walls and dust, leaves, bark flying around and in through the cupola.
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    Aerator or tank de-icer experience

    Has anyone used a stock tank heater or pond aerator to keep sap tanks from freezing solid? I try to keep things as close to "food grade" as possible but I am a small hobby producer and do what is...
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    I take the information from five different sources. Accuweather, Weather Underground, NOAA, Weather Nertwork (app), Weather channel, and then I make a little chart and get an average from all of the...
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    Planning for guests

    Every year I have family and friends who assume there will be active sugaring on Saturdays in March. They make plans to come up months in advance and sure enough, the weather and sap do not...
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    Long term forecast (for what it's worth) looks...

    Long term forecast (for what it's worth) looks like there isn't much of a warm up in sight. Town meeting day tapping just like the old days....
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    Shipping cost for glass can be quite high. If...

    Shipping cost for glass can be quite high. If your local hardware store sells regular mason jars, they can order you some of the smooth sided one (better for labels).
  7. NAMSC Conference this weekend, Concord NH

    Anybody going to Concord, NH for the NAMSC conference? You can attend just Sunday for $50 and it includes lunch. Or of course you could go in for the tours and stay all weekend. I'm looking for...
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    Right. That was the rinse thoroughly part. ...

    Right. That was the rinse thoroughly part. Before sap goes in, we do a warm water bleach rinse and three of four fresh water rinses.
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    I brought my totes to a self serve car wash last...

    I brought my totes to a self serve car wash last year. Worked quite nicely. Just make sure you rinse thoroughly.
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    There must be some marketable way to unload...

    There must be some marketable way to unload niter. Gardeners might buy it up as a soil supplement. or if we could get it into capsules......
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    For a while now those who have been around the...

    For a while now those who have been around the business side of this have been saying that maple SUGAR is the future and that the market for it will be Asia and Europe first. I guess that's why we...
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    Poll: Obtaining and splitting wood is time consuming,...

    Obtaining and splitting wood is time consuming, but it's free for me right now
    I can't persuade the other adult in my house to free up $3,000 for the one I'd like to buy
    I'm not ready to build one...
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    I finished around 70 gallons this season. There...

    I finished around 70 gallons this season. There was a brief 2 gallon GD draw at the beginning. I am maxed out on this set-up without an RO. I am reading up on this forum to build a simple one this...
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    This is the same pan that I boil on, and I love...

    This is the same pan that I boil on, and I love it.....but.....It is not an easy set up to clean mid season. There are no valves or gates to separate syrup section from flue section, and no drain in...
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    This is a good solution to the messiness and...

    This is a good solution to the messiness and sticky struggle with lids. You can buy them in bulk too.
    I also second the suggestion to use smooth sided jars. Anyone who sells them can order them...
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    Wow Dave! Now that's some mighty expensive...

    Wow Dave! Now that's some mighty expensive solution. At the time of the original posting the tank was a solid block of frozen sap. As Matt suggested, the ice in the tank has served to keep all new...
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    One inexpensive "blower" option involves a 6"...

    One inexpensive "blower" option involves a 6" inline duct fan and some flexible duct pipe run in to the front of the ash door. Should be able to pick up everything at home depot for $50 or so. ...
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    These ice cold nights sure do make it easy to...

    These ice cold nights sure do make it easy to keep your sap fresh. Expecting a couple big runs today and tomorrow.
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    You have five weather websites bookmarked on your...

    You have five weather websites bookmarked on your work computer and check them often enough to know when the forecast high temperature four days from now has changed.
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    Forecast for next week keeps getting better. ...

    Forecast for next week keeps getting better. Looking like a big state wide sap run. Hope you’ve all got enough wood left!
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Ill get the space...

    Thanks for the suggestions. Ill get the space heater/tarp combo going and a blow dryer on the valve. I like the idea of a stock tank heater to prevent future freeze ups. They're not really that...
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    Realistic ways to thaw out a frozen tank

    I have a couple of cage tanks half full with frozen solid blocks of sap in them. Is there a good/safe way to thaw them out enough to get the valve open and boil? I'm going to collect some fresh...
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    I'm pretty certain it is running on the south...

    I'm pretty certain it is running on the south facing taps. The question is whether I can get enough fresh sap to float the frozen solid blocks in my tanks.
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    Exploding heads are an automatic inspection...

    Exploding heads are an automatic inspection failure.
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    I always keep a supply of shorter length wood to...

    I always keep a supply of shorter length wood to be able to load horizontal right in in front tighter to the door. Having good fire up under the front pan is important on these smaller pans.
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