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    Another good boil yesterday to clean up the sap...

    Another good boil yesterday to clean up the sap from earlier in the week. I was expecting dark syrup because the pans had sat since Friday night. After the first couple of runoffs it was obvious the...
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    We spray the soot off our front pans with the...

    We spray the soot off our front pans with the pressure washer every day. I've never used any type of cleaner, soap or acid on them and I can still get down to bare metal on some of the pan.AS long as...
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    In the long run you are best off to run the...

    In the long run you are best off to run the vacuum 100% of the time. When the sap is running well, meaning bucket guys are seeing good runs too, vacuum doesn't have as much of an effect as when there...
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    Is burnt rubber one of the sample bottles in the...

    Is burnt rubber one of the sample bottles in the off-flavour sample kit? I'd expect his pans were full of pinholes within a few seasons. We've been cautioned not to burn any plywood, pressure treated...
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    Try filtering and bottling 30+ gallons an hour!...

    Try filtering and bottling 30+ gallons an hour! It is stressful but I'd much rather bottle as much as I can while it's still hot and not have to re-heat. With our setup, I put the first 25 gallons...
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    Elmira Maple Festival (80,000 visitors) and Perth...

    Elmira Maple Festival (80,000 visitors) and Perth Maple Fest (25,000 visitors) are both postponed. They are looking to re-schedule in a few month's time.
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    We use a Banjo coarse filter on our RO feed line....

    We use a Banjo coarse filter on our RO feed line. That catches ice chunks and anything else that might otherwise get sucked into the feed pump.
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    Another decent day yesterday - the sap started...

    Another decent day yesterday - the sap started running later because of the hard freeze Wednesday night but we still ended up with about 0.75 GPT for the day. Another day of 73 LT syrup! No frost...
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    We weren't really expecting much sap yesterday...

    We weren't really expecting much sap yesterday but we still got 1+ GPT, mostly late in the day so we had to fire up again late last night. It's definitely looking like with today and tomorrow plus...
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    Another short boil last night to clean up what...

    Another short boil last night to clean up what ran Monday-Tuesday. We got about 1 GPT over the 2 days so fired up the RO at 3pm, lit a fire in the belly of The Beast at 5:30 and was home by 10:30pm....
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    I know you are further south than us Bruce and...

    I know you are further south than us Bruce and generally a week ahead of us north of Hwy 7, but a single day of high temp won't end the season for us. We still have quite a bit of snow in the bush...
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    What an exhausting weekend! I had to be in Ottawa...

    What an exhausting weekend! I had to be in Ottawa for a meeting on Friday afternoon but I did manage to get the RO running for the afternoon before heading into the City. By the time I got to the...
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    I know a number of producers who run underground...

    I know a number of producers who run underground mainlines. Keeping them flowing downhill and , if possible, below the frost line is key. We run mainlines across a hydro line in 4 locations. Hydro...
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    Thanks. It's intimidating at times because you...

    Thanks. It's intimidating at times because you know from the time you fire up until the last fire has died down that you will be on your feet at a fast walk - no sitting! This is still a part time...
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    We didn't get a lot of sap last week but it did...

    We didn't get a lot of sap last week but it did add up over time. Family commitments kept me from working on Saturday - which I paid for! Sunday we got the sugar camp ready to rock, new RO all rigged...
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    A public ROW is not the same as Crown Land. Only...

    A public ROW is not the same as Crown Land. Only the township/county that owns from fence to fence could demand a permit to tap roadside trees. The CO who told you that was overstepping - I'd have...
  17. Thread: Clamp

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    Those clamps work great and are the only ones...

    Those clamps work great and are the only ones that will keep 1.5" or 2" pipe together! For 1.25" and smaller the standard clamps are fine but the bigger pipes have so much wall thickness that they...
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    I'm quite sure it is illegal in Canada to sell...

    I'm quite sure it is illegal in Canada to sell unfiltered maple syrup. Do I taste it unfiltered - yes. Would I sell it knowing there will be sediment in the bottom - never.
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    I believe in Ontario that would be illegal -...

    I believe in Ontario that would be illegal - can't say maple flavoured unless it actually has real maple in it, and then you need to say what percentage.
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    We got fully tapped on the weekend and got the...

    We got fully tapped on the weekend and got the releasers out into the woods plus all the tanks washed. There was still a strong alcohol smell from what was running in late day yesterday, plus with...
  21. Gotcha - didn't realize you were using vacuum as...

    Gotcha - didn't realize you were using vacuum as well. How many taps do you have on that mainline? At 1" slope we'll put up mainlines with up to 300 taps on 3/4" pipe. It never flows full but if...
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    How did you put the fittings into the tubing? Hot...

    How did you put the fittings into the tubing? Hot water or with a tubing tool? If you used hot water you might have "loosened" the tubing too much and it won't grip the barbs well anymore.
  23. If you are getting clear, fresh sap you will...

    If you are getting clear, fresh sap you will definitely make lighter syrup as you push through the sweet in the pans. I've seen ours come back more than 25 points on the LT scale over the course of a...
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    We got about 2600 taps in this weekend despite...

    We got about 2600 taps in this weekend despite some mechanical issues with my truck and the ATV. The going isn't terrible in the woods - but not great either! My calves feel like someone beat them...
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    You can come get as much of our snow and cold...

    You can come get as much of our snow and cold temps as you can carry! It's about knee deep in the woods and it bottomed out at -20 C on Friday night!
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