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    Congratulations on getting a good start on your...

    Congratulations on getting a good start on your new sugar shack. When we built ours, we didn't get started until early June and I wished we had started earlier because we had 80 degree days while I...
  2. John, We start with 3 cups to start with and add...

    John,
    We start with 3 cups to start with and add an additional 2 cups in the remaining syrup. It fills the plates full, but allows us to do 10+ gallons.
    Gary
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    I agree, you will definitely like it.

    I agree, you will definitely like it.
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    We use it straight for an overnight soak in our...

    We use it straight for an overnight soak in our syrup pan to remove build up on the bottom of the pan during the season. Some people will heat it to help with the cleaning process, but we have never...
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    On my HF pump, the plug that came in it was a...

    On my HF pump, the plug that came in it was a Torch E5TC. The NGK equivalent was BP5HS. I run a gap of .031". It definitely helps it start easier.
    Gary
  6. One other suggestion...if the outside temperature...

    One other suggestion...if the outside temperature is going to drop below freezing on a day you are not going to boil, you should cover your pan and put a heat lamp or large bulb in the firebox to...
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    I highly suggest changing the spark plug that...

    I highly suggest changing the spark plug that comes in the Harbor Freight pump to an NGK, it will start much easier.
    Gary
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    Really sharp sugar house! You are really going...

    Really sharp sugar house! You are really going to enjoy this upcoming season.
    Gary
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    Just a suggestion. We had our feed tank exposed...

    Just a suggestion. We had our feed tank exposed like yours is the first year we had it and it was constantly sweating due to condensation from the concentrate being colder than the sugar house. We...
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    Very nice!!! Not sure what you had before, but...

    Very nice!!! Not sure what you had before, but what you have now is definitely a high-end evaporator. I am sure you are looking forward to the upcoming season.
    Gary
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    You will never get it all off, and it won't hurt...

    You will never get it all off, and it won't hurt running it this season with it like it is. Try some of the ideas others have suggested here next spring after the season is over and it will clean up...
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    Most, if not all RO's have a feed pump which...

    Most, if not all RO's have a feed pump which allows the feed tanks to be on the same level as the RO. We have our feed tanks, which are totes, sitting on 8" cement blocks simply for the ease of...
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    It is still to early to consider tapping anywhere...

    It is still to early to consider tapping anywhere in Michigan. Depending on where you are located in West Michigan, will dictate when it will be time to tap. If you are in the southern part, it...
  14. Thread: New Shack

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    You will enjoy boiling inside for sure. Looks...

    You will enjoy boiling inside for sure. Looks good!
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    I grew up on a farm in Michigan, and although we...

    I grew up on a farm in Michigan, and although we didn't have a lot of things like kids do today, my Dad insisted on real maple syrup that a neighbor produced. We bought gallons of it each spring. ...
  16. I agree with Chris, move your rig to the side to...

    I agree with Chris, move your rig to the side to allow for a straight chimney. It will cost you less money and give you a better draft. You should definitely use double-walled pipe through the roof...
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    I agree with Mark, very handy. Amazing how many...

    I agree with Mark, very handy. Amazing how many uses you find for it.
    Gary
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    We did through Custom Ink. We did long and short...

    We did through Custom Ink. We did long and short sleeve T-shirts​. Very happy with them.
  19. John, I live in Gaylord and also have a Deer Run...

    John,
    I live in Gaylord and also have a Deer Run 250. I have copies of the original owner's manual and Dave Klish's rewrite of it. If you want to come up and get them, maybe I can answer any other...
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    I am certain you are excited about the upcoming...

    I am certain you are excited about the upcoming season. Sounds like you have a very nice unit. It is definitely nice to get it now so you can get it setup before winter sets in. Best of luck.
    Gary
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    Your sugarhouse is coming along nicely. It will...

    Your sugarhouse is coming along nicely. It will feel good to have it completely closed in. I bet you are looking forward to next season's sap run. Have fun.
    Gary
  22. Thread: On my way

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    Great news Dave. Now you can start planning how...

    Great news Dave. Now you can start planning how you will expand your sugarbush next year!
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    You should boil concentrate as soon as possible...

    You should boil concentrate as soon as possible to minimize the loss of sugar from bacteria. I have also read of people holding their concentrate for a day before boiling it, but I know they...
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    I am certain that your grandpa passed away with a...

    I am certain that your grandpa passed away with a good feeling knowing that you and your wife were carrying on his tradition. My dad passed away after our first year sugaring and I am so thankful he...
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    We also use a simple code for each batch, for...

    We also use a simple code for each batch, for example, 18-1 stands for batch one, bottled in 2018. This number is written on each bottle bottom for all bottles filled from that batch with a...
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