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    I watched a couple videos about insulated fire...

    I watched a couple videos about insulated fire brick and they perform a little better the regular fire brick but dont come close to insulation like ceramic blanket. I got the impression your way...
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    Insulated fire brick

    Have anyone of you heard/used insulated fire brick?https://www.ceramicfiberonline.com/product/insulating-firebrick-ifb/
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    My idea is instead of replacing all the firebrick...

    My idea is instead of replacing all the firebrick with new brick I figured that I would just buy refacrotory cement in the dry powder from menards, I'd make some forms inside the fire box and mix up...
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    Redoing the fire box

    So I'm going to redoing my fire box, for durability is refractory cement more durable than firebrick?
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    Thanks guys for the help in finding out what it...

    Thanks guys for the help in finding out what it is.
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    They looked/felt like felt when I was observing...

    They looked/felt like felt when I was observing the leaf. The gentleman who brought the leaf said that there were a couple branches with all the leaves like the leaf in the photo. The owner of the...
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    I think it can be rubbed off, we never tried. The...

    I think it can be rubbed off, we never tried. The red dose not show on the front of the leaf which I would assume that it is not a fungus.
    The story behind the leaves is I dropped of some syrup at...
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    Red spots on silver maple leaf

    Dose anyone know what is up with this silver maple leaf?2018020181
  9. Thread: 3/16 into 5/16

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    While tapping I did find several damaged spots...

    While tapping I did find several damaged spots that I did fix and towards the end of the season and while pulling taps I did find a couple very small leaks in 2 lines that I missed. From what I could...
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    I think I'm hurting my self because of how close...

    I think I'm hurting my self because of how close to the main line my first taps are. They rang from just a few feet to 30maybe even 40 feet away from my mInline and I'm not getting any to very little...
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    Yes n8hutch, keeping the top half in 3/16 and...

    Yes n8hutch, keeping the top half in 3/16 and switch out the bottom half to 5/16 connected to mainline. I would like to install vacuum and leave it be but that's not an option at the moment since the...
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    Top half has about 15ft of drop with the bottom...

    Top half has about 15ft of drop with the bottom half having about 5 to 10 ft of drop. As the mainline runs further into the woods up the lowest part of the hill it gets less to about 10 ft of...
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    I wish I could, I have my mainline at the lowest...

    I wish I could, I have my mainline at the lowest part of the woods.
  14. Thread: 3/16 into 5/16

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    3/16 into 5/16

    I did some looking and found a little bit of info but would like to hear from more of you guys who have tried running 3/16 for the top half of a run and 5/16 on the bottom half of a run. My current...
  15. Thread: 2019

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    Started pulling taps this afternoon and seen that...

    Started pulling taps this afternoon and seen that a good number of the sugar maples are still running. I'm pleased with this season but learned that I need to do some modifying to the tubing in 2 of...
  16. Thread: Custom filtering

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    I got played $20 for 17 gallons, more then enough...

    I got played $20 for 17 gallons, more then enough to pay for materials plus some to cover time. I guess the way I see it is just a chance to help someone out. I've been in the position before where...
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    The guy I've never met before, heard of his last...

    The guy I've never met before, heard of his last name though. He said he tried this gravity filters with poor luck and he didn't want to do the settling in a bucket method. He has about 20 gallons...
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    Custom filtering

    I had a guy approach me this morning asking about if I could run his 20 gallons of syrup through my filter press. What kind of rate per gallon dose one charge for heating the syrup up and filtering...
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    Thanks guys for the quick responses!

    Thanks guys for the quick responses!
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    Simple green cleaner

    Anyone use simple green cleaner for sanitizing tanks and what not? I bought some because I couldn't find any bleach for cleaning out my tanks before the sap starts running again this week and I just...
  21. Thread: Bernard releaser

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    This is my 3rd year with this releaser and this...

    This is my 3rd year with this releaser and this is my first issue with it. I have a vertical releaser that I've used for 4 years and have had no issue with it whatsoever either. The problem is...
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    Bernard releaser

    I have a bernard double horizontal releaser, I think its model 216 and I'm having issues with it switching vacuum from one side to the other when dumping. The problem is thats its switching vacuum...
  23. Thread: Fisher problems

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    I have thought of getting a hold of the dnr about...

    I have thought of getting a hold of the dnr about it but I feel it's a lost cause. We along with a few othe farmers around here have 100+ deer at each loacation eating our feed through out the...
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    I'm planning on trapping the a-hole. I've trapped...

    I'm planning on trapping the a-hole. I've trapped for several years and I have taken a few fisher. The crappy part is in minnesota the Fisher season starts up the weekend after Thanksgiving and it...
  25. Thread: 2019

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    Tapping in north east corner of Otter Tail...

    Tapping in north east corner of Otter Tail county, about 400 tapped, maybe half a dozen to a dozen hole wet/dripping. Have about 1600 taps to go.
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