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    Hindsight being what it is yeah I shoulda coulda...

    Hindsight being what it is yeah I shoulda coulda woulda. I actually started the madness with a barrel arch in mind and the pan was bought for that but then the plan changed/grew a couple times before...
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    Well... Dave was right. Had my first boil this...

    Well... Dave was right. Had my first boil this weekend and it was certainly a learning experience! As soon as I tuned on the blower I had ash coming out of every orifice possible, throwing ash in my...
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    Thanks Dr Tim - I went with the drinking water...

    Thanks Dr Tim - I went with the drinking water hose and will be rigging up the tankless hot water heater for cleaning. Going food safe with everything to make growing easier.

    Dave - Thanks for...
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    Moving right along... Drum connection T and...

    Moving right along...

    Drum connection T and sap hauler complete, bucket cover installed on tote, made kindling out of a small birch tree that we took out for the driveway this summer, and...
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    Hi Folks - A couple questions on hot water...

    Hi Folks - A couple questions on hot water supply.

    I'm trying to come up with an idea for hot water at the site for sanitizing and cleaning and wonder what people do when the house is a good...
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    Got the blower wired (another first - never wired...

    Got the blower wired (another first - never wired a motor before), installed bucket covers for what will be my collecting drums, and ordered the pan cover this weekend. Might run over during the week...
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    Thanks for the tip Dave. The run to the first 45...

    Thanks for the tip Dave. The run to the first 45 is angled about a half bubble off on the level, but I'll see what happens on the test boil and change if needed. For now focusing on getting the wood...
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    Doing GREAT! Every weekend plugging away. ...

    Doing GREAT! Every weekend plugging away.

    Gravel pad is complete, canopy up, stove in place, top row of bricks rounded (might still round the front and back yet), chimney went up this past...
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    Well… I’ve become a full addict spending every...

    Well… I’ve become a full addict spending every minute of free time scheming and building my beginner maple empire. Dad and son pitch in quite frequently so we have a multi-generational team working...
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    Got the carport (a.k.a. woodshed & sap storage...

    Got the carport (a.k.a. woodshed & sap storage building) set up today. The instructions that came along with the free carport were for a totally different model so that was a bit of excitement. The...
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    OK now really done bricking. 21469 21470

    OK now really done bricking.

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    Thanks for the tip Dave! Checked in with Bill and...

    Thanks for the tip Dave! Checked in with Bill and he agrees to raise the front up to the 2" below the pan mark. I'll take care of that when I mortar.
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    And the rest :) 21464 21465 Oh and I have...

    And the rest :)

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    Oh and I have access to all the free wood I can burn. My son works at a pressure treating plant and they have untreated "ends" I can grab by the truckload. Nicely...
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    I've been busy the last couple months. ...

    I've been busy the last couple months.

    Shooting for 25 taps next year and I identified 14 red maples that will support 16 taps at Dad's. The rest are coming from about 10 minutes away at a...
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    Thanks MV! A refractometer is already on the...

    Thanks MV!

    A refractometer is already on the list as is a chainsaw and measuring wheel to help map the property, among other things.

    40 taps/10 gallons of syrup sounds good to me – not knowing...
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    Hi Folks! First time sugar-er and poster,...

    Hi Folks!

    First time sugar-er and poster, long time dreamer, here looking for some advice. I ran a proof of concept this season here in the middle Springfield, MA by tapping the lone Norway Maple...
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