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    Thoughts and prayers for you Russ. You will have...

    Thoughts and prayers for you Russ. You will have many years of enjoyable retirement

    Mike
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    You also have to be as good or better detecting...

    You also have to be as good or better detecting clogs or blockage. You still might be getting sap at the saddle but a block further up the line may be seriously compromising vacuum. Again with most...
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    Not an expert by any means but here is my...

    Not an expert by any means but here is my experience. I like CDl 3/16ths over Lapierre. I think the Lapierre stretches more and constricts more especially around trees. Yes, you can stretch it too...
  4. Vacuum would be the way go go otherwise you can...

    Vacuum would be the way go go otherwise you can consider this alternative . https://www.waterpumpsdirect.com/Honda-WX10-Water-Pump/p6298.html
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    Russ brings up a good point. Its tough to...

    Russ brings up a good point. Its tough to comment since every market/customer is different. I would certainly rather buy from Russ or another Trader than Bascoms. Nothing against Bascoms I get a...
  6. It all depends if you want maintenance or not and...

    It all depends if you want maintenance or not and in some cases what wood you used. As others have said, routine application of such products is necessary or its wasted money. My feeling is barns...
  7. If I had a couple open acres, I would be planting...

    If I had a couple open acres, I would be planting red maples. More tolerant of different soils and regenerates and suckers much faster than sugar maple if the sapling technique does advance. Quick...
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    Not really sure why so many have left. Noticed...

    Not really sure why so many have left. Noticed it last year and thought they would be back this maple season but it never happened. I know a few frequent posters were turned off by a few bad apples...
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    We explain to customers we can not reuse...

    We explain to customers we can not reuse containers but take them back with a smile and throw them in recycling bin when we get home.
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    I like cdl tubing for drops and fittings, D&G...

    I like cdl tubing for drops and fittings, D&G stiff for laterals and DSD saddles.
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    I agree with Maple Flats...30 taps per acre seems...

    I agree with Maple Flats...30 taps per acre seems a little low density wise. I am assuming you are looking in VT but just for comparison that type of parcel in PA would go for probably $4000-5000...
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    I first used the orginal cvs with stbby and then...

    I first used the orginal cvs with stbby and then converted for two consecutive seasons with cv2s. Seasons tend to end abruptly here is NE PA and I never saw anything extra that I didnt see with new...
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    Ok, I think I am going to pull the trigger on...

    Ok, I think I am going to pull the trigger on this set up. Just need a ball park number for running electrical say 200 ft to a new pump house. What size wire do you guys recommend? Releaser with...
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    Nothing to add, very well said. this post touches...

    Nothing to add, very well said. this post touches on everything from production to marketing to ones own perception. Everyone is different and the variables that come into play make the syrup you...
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    I figured I would need to drain it if hard freeze...

    I figured I would need to drain it if hard freeze was forecasted. Almost be insurance to run two lines so one would be clear at any given time for an unexpected freeze.
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    How far can an electric releaser pump?

    Looking for some experience since I have heard both sides about using an electric releaser pump to pump long distances. My current set up has sap going to a mechanical releaser and tank about 200...
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    We shut off the pumps today. Syrup went buddy...

    We shut off the pumps today. Syrup went buddy and flow has slowed to a trickle. Made about 85% of normal crop if there is such a thing anymore as ‘normal’
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    Still hanging in. Sap is clear but not flowing...

    Still hanging in. Sap is clear but not flowing well today. Finished syrup has no off flavor and we continue to fill barrels although the next one may be the end . Sugar is way down around 1%
  20. Nice job Parker. Keep at her, controlled chaos...

    Nice job Parker. Keep at her, controlled chaos does the body and mind good!
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    Ran for about 2 hours here and then froze again. ...

    Ran for about 2 hours here and then froze again. Also same as you for season total unless we have a gusher the next few days.
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    Hard freeze overnight after a 4 day stretch above...

    Hard freeze overnight after a 4 day stretch above freezing and close to 70 on Saturday. Hopefully trees had enough reset for one last run or two since next few days look great temperature wise.
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    We are still going strong. Warm weekend followed...

    We are still going strong. Warm weekend followed by sugaring temps again next week!!
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    When up and boiling I only add defoamer to my...

    When up and boiling I only add defoamer to my flue pan. With that said I can quickly establish a gradient at start up by adding a drop of two at my draw off point and the last section of my syrup...
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    The niter has commeth...big time. Terrible time...

    The niter has commeth...big time. Terrible time cooking, I am hoping the hard freeze overnight and again tonight settles it a little. Time to clean the tanks again
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