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    Don't do it. I won't even burn it in a campfire...

    Don't do it. I won't even burn it in a campfire due to the toxic smoke.
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    Of the thousands and thousands of hours I've...

    Of the thousands and thousands of hours I've spent working and hunting in our woods the only bears I've seen at under 30 yards were when I was in full camo hunting ducks and turkey. Both times the...
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    I would recommend you put a releaser at the tank...

    I would recommend you put a releaser at the tank and then pump back to the camp using portable gas powered pump if the distance is OK to overcome the distance and elevation. Worst case you run a...
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    For private sales of drums we've generally gone...

    For private sales of drums we've generally gone midway between the buying and selling price of bulk syrup.
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    CDL sells the small drums. I think they work out...

    CDL sells the small drums. I think they work out to about 13 gallons each if my memory is right.
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    We continue to steadily make our way through the...

    We continue to steadily make our way through the drums in the basement - sales have been strong. Got a bit of wood cut up last week when it wasn't too hot but didn't touch the 8 chord in the pile...
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    This is contrary to what I've read. Maybe if you...

    This is contrary to what I've read. Maybe if you were doing 3/16" laterals on vacuum but not 5/16". The vacuum will ensure you keep 25" Hg+ on the lower taps while the long steep 3/16" laterals will...
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    The sooner you pull taps the better. You want the...

    The sooner you pull taps the better. You want the spring sapwood growth and the fall growth to close the taphole up in one year if possible. The longer the taphole is open the more prone it can be to...
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    Bob - we replace ours on a 10 year cycle....

    Bob - we replace ours on a 10 year cycle. Regardless if you leave it up or take down and re-stretch every spring you will find that at 10 years it is due for replacement!
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    I agree with Dr Tim on this one. I've made syrup...

    I agree with Dr Tim on this one. I've made syrup I didn't love - and that's when we shut down, opened the valves and called it a season. If I won't put my name on it I won't make it!

    I do love all...
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    Wow! Keep at it Northwood!!!

    Wow! Keep at it Northwood!!!
  12. We have the flip top cap for our smoke stack. We...

    We have the flip top cap for our smoke stack. We open it before first fire and close after last fire each day. Once the season is done we take the stack down and cover the roof jack with a plastic...
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    You can't blame us for trying! We ran the pumps...

    You can't blame us for trying! We ran the pumps from Wednesday evening until Friday morning and I was greeted by 4 almost full tanks - of very ropey sap! Time to open the valves and start cleaning...
  14. Edgar Reist in Elmira is probably the closest...

    Edgar Reist in Elmira is probably the closest local dealer to you. I agree that Cdn Tire, TSC and some Home Hardware stores will locally carry maple supplies during the season.

    FYI - the list of...
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    There is no HST on whole food (maple syrup...

    There is no HST on whole food (maple syrup included) - so their prices are 13% higher and they are pocketing the extra.
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    I had it happen a couple years ago. Had just lit...

    I had it happen a couple years ago. Had just lit the fire and stuck my hand in the flue pan while it was still cold - and came out with a handful of snot! I ran the garden hose into the pan while I...
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    We will have a CDL RO for sale. PM me for details.

    We will have a CDL RO for sale. PM me for details.
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    Another great weekend for us. My brother boiled...

    Another great weekend for us. My brother boiled Wednesday and left almost nothing in the woods. By Friday morning I had all the tanks full to the top! Ohhhh boy... 9000 gallons of sap to get through....
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    wmick - The prices in your area have always been...

    wmick - The prices in your area have always been driven down by the Mennonite farmers. My understanding was they wanted everything gone by May and priced it to sell quickly! Our prices in 2004 were...
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    The sap ran very well late yesterday. Can't get...

    The sap ran very well late yesterday. Can't get to the camp until early tomorrow morning so it will be a long day tomorrow!
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    We are boiling again today what we've gathered...

    We are boiling again today what we've gathered since Monday. Hopefully another day - another 0.1 L/tap! Looking to get those numbers over 1.5L/tap by the end of the weekend?!?!
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    Once the float between the flue pan and the syrup...

    Once the float between the flue pan and the syrup pan is set you never touch it for the day. Yes - you keep an eye on it but given the fluid levels between pans stays relatively constant (vs the...
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    And nasty looking sap can sometimes make good...

    And nasty looking sap can sometimes make good syrup! We've had sap we could barely get filtered through a cone filter coming off the wagon and required frequent changes to the RO pre-filter that came...
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    With an elevated sap tank your flow through the...

    With an elevated sap tank your flow through the float box will be higher (deeper sap depth in the pan) when the tank is full vs when the tank is nearly empty. We always need to adjust the float box...
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    If you can do it I say go for it! I see from your...

    If you can do it I say go for it! I see from your address you are in Quebec - will that mean you need to get quota from the Federation?

    I too have considered doing maple full time but it just...
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