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    That firebrick is fine, but it's what is called...

    That firebrick is fine, but it's what is called half brick, because it's about half thickness of regular fire brick.
    Any I've ever bought I got from masonry suppliers (concrete delivery trucks etc.)...
  2. While you won't get the most sap possible, in...

    While you won't get the most sap possible, in your case I suggest you use 3/16 lateral, and 5/16 taps and drops. That, with good vacuum will give you a fairly good sap flow at minimal cost.
    The...
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    To the releaser from the vacuum pump. Check The...

    To the releaser from the vacuum pump. Check The Maple Tubing Notebook, by Steve Childs of Cornell to determine what size vacuum line you need, if the distance is very long you will likely need a...
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    I've done it more than 1 way. I think maybe the...

    I've done it more than 1 way. I think maybe the easiest is to use 1/4" braided rope. Tie it to anything convenient on one end and push the tubing into the hollow center of the rope, about 6-8" and...
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    If you are going to just put a sheet of tin under...

    If you are going to just put a sheet of tin under the firebox, do not set it directly on the wooden floor, the heat will get to it and at some point start the floor on fire. Protect it with some non...
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    I never hd any evaporator with a bottom or ash...

    I never hd any evaporator with a bottom or ash pan in it. My Half pint sat on a concrete slab, no issue. My 2x6 Leader drop flue was on a wooden floor. I made a platform using 8x8 16 concrete blocks...
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    What I'll say about it is that Deer Run RO's (by...

    What I'll say about it is that Deer Run RO's (by Ray Gingerich) have a recirculation line. It starts just before the high pressure needle valve, Tees in and goes to just before the high pressure pump...
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    Very interesting read, even though I skimmed it....

    Very interesting read, even though I skimmed it. The only thing I'll add is the time you will lay the freshly filled containers on their side. If it was addressed and I missed it, sorry, but I far...
  9. You can mix new with old syrup without issue, but...

    You can mix new with old syrup without issue, but not for long term storage. It must be kept cool too, because what you are adding the new to is cold. I suggest you do it, then after basketball has...
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    And SS will last forever as long as you don't...

    And SS will last forever as long as you don't close it with the ball full. I avoided that by using double valves. For that I closed the higher valve, drained down so the lower valve was empty, then...
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    read The Maple News, it shows both conference...

    read The Maple News, it shows both conference schedules, the Vernon Downs one shows the vendors. Vendors are subject to Covid, some may be missing at either show.
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    If storing the concentrate for 10 hrs or so in a...

    If storing the concentrate for 10 hrs or so in a snow bank, I suggest you only concentrate it to 3% sugar, then closer to when you boil, take it to 4-4.5%. You need to realize, when you remove water...
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    I get nuisance permits every year to address...

    I get nuisance permits every year to address that. The NYS DEC for years told me deer don't chew maple tubing, my evidence showed otherwise, now they issue nuisance permits every year. I no longer...
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    Only if you want to make the most syrup! Cutting...

    Only if you want to make the most syrup! Cutting corners reduces yield by a lot.
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    I've successfully used a Honda WX15 pump, gas...

    I've successfully used a Honda WX15 pump, gas powered to pump sap 900 feet, mostly across about 600' of flat ground, then it dropped about 10' in the last 300'. With just 190 taps a Honda WX10 would...
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    Poll: By the way, I will not be at either this year,...

    By the way, I will not be at either this year, for health reasons. I have major surgery scheduled for Jan 19 and if I get a positive covid test the surgery will be rescheduled. Also, since my wife...
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    Poll: Remember, if anyone does not feel well, stay...

    Remember, if anyone does not feel well, stay home, for everyone's sake!
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    Poll: I just read the newest copy of The Maple News,...

    I just read the newest copy of The Maple News, and looking at the sessions offered, it looks like the Vernon Downs venue has more. They offer 6 or 7 topics in each session, while the State Fair venue...
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    He has lots of practice with his 270 and a 22...

    He has lots of practice with his 270 and a 22 Savage Mark II target rifle, but he's only shot the muzzle loader 3x (all 3 at 50 yds would have been a dead deer). That's why I stayed right with him,...
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    I took my grandson hunting again this morning. He...

    I took my grandson hunting again this morning. He is now 13. This time he was on his first muzzleloading hunt. However the only thing we saw was a red fox, which was likely looking for breakfast. We...
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    We had the first steaks from his deer last night,...

    We had the first steaks from his deer last night, unfortunately it was the first deer in over 60 that I've had to eat that was extremely tough. We'll grind the rest and make it into sausage. We like...
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    Proud grandpa

    My then 12 yr old grandson went hunting during a special youth season a few weeks back, with his other grandpa and he got a 5 pt buck.

    Then this morning I took him hunting in my blueberry fields,...
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    Poll: I'm now seeing some results, with very few votes...

    I'm now seeing some results, with very few votes it now shows 75% state fair grounds, 25% Vernon Downs.
    However the numbers are so small this is very likely not a true picture yet. The numbers show...
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    Poll: I have no details nor an opinion, but the fact is...

    I have no details nor an opinion, but the fact is that 2 will be on the same day.If I had to hazard a guess and that's all it would be, I'm thinking that the one at Vernon Downs, In Vernon, NY was...
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    Poll: which conference in NYS?

    Since there will be 2 conferences this Jan for NYS, one at Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY, and a second at the NYS fair grounds in Syracuse, NY I'm trying to get a feel for how many are going to each....
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