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    I use a cone syrup filter for filtering sap. The...

    I use a cone syrup filter for filtering sap. The sap pours through very fast. I made a funnel (to hold the filter) out of a half gallon soda bottle. It wedged securely into the tote opening.
  2. Thread: Truck tanks

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    Clean, stainless steel tanks are what industry...

    Clean, stainless steel tanks are what industry uses for food and what the FDA recommends. All the milk trucks are stainless. They do not degrade from sunlight.
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    19874 Aren't they tapered?

    19874 Aren't they tapered?
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    [QUOTE=JoeJ;369176]The plastic will eventually...

    [QUOTE=JoeJ;369176]The plastic will eventually wear down and change the depth that you are drilling. I bought a round metal drill bit stop fifteen years ago and am still using it. Once the set screws...
  5. Thread: First year help

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    Don't let it cool. Filter it at the highest...

    Don't let it cool. Filter it at the highest temperature possible for the best results.
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    Is it 2WD or 4WD?

    Is it 2WD or 4WD?
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    Using the “Rule of 86,” you can figure that the...

    Using the “Rule of 86,” you can figure that the number of gallons of sap you need to produce one gallon of syrup is equal to 86 gallons divided by the percent of sugar in the sap, so, 3% is 28.666 to...
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    On Monday, the posts about using empty gas cans...

    On Monday, the posts about using empty gas cans for gathering will be all over the Mapletrader.
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    Depth gauge for tap holes

    A convenient depth gauge for maple drill bits is a piece of tubing. It holds up better than electrical tape.19862
  10. Thread: Red dripping

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    I had to cut down a 3" bitternut hickory sapling...

    I had to cut down a 3" bitternut hickory sapling and when I tasted the sap it exuded, it was sweet!
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    I remember years ago, when adding a tarp over the...

    I remember years ago, when adding a tarp over the "out in the open" cinder block arch WAS A HUGE IMPROVEMENT.:lol:
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    Photos? It's hard to visualize your...

    Photos? It's hard to visualize your configuration. How many vessels total.....3? How do dowels merge with the cone filter?
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    If you add defoamer "here and there", and 3 or 4...

    If you add defoamer "here and there", and 3 or 4 drops, you're overusing it, in my opinion. I only use it to cure the problem of foam rising in the pans and I only add 1 drop at a time, wherever the...
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    Syracuse.com had an article today that predicted...

    Syracuse.com had an article today that predicted many changes in the maple industry, with pests and climate change reducing the length and quality of the season and a continued northward migration of...
  15. Yes, you can have have thinner syrup at the...

    Yes, you can have have thinner syrup at the draw-off for the reason you described. Often the gradient takes care of having thinned syrup arrive at the draw off before proper density syrup, but I...
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    Maybe you can skip the second filtering? What was...

    Maybe you can skip the second filtering? What was the consistency after adding the sugar? If it was too runny, cook it down for a while and use a thermometer until it's 219°F?
  17. When you hammer a tap into the tree you seal the...

    When you hammer a tap into the tree you seal the wood from the air, so your season won't be extended. It's a good idea to use taps smaller than the old fashioned 7/16" due to the damage caused by the...
  18. If the stream of syrup can flow along an object,...

    If the stream of syrup can flow along an object, rather than air, it will enter the finishing pan with less splash. Try holding a spoon at the level of the filters for the syrup to hit first. 19825
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    That acre will double your tap count, so go for...

    That acre will double your tap count, so go for it. The church will put your syrup to good use.
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    Sounds like a clog at the lowest Tee on the...

    Sounds like a clog at the lowest Tee on the affected lateral.
  21. Go with the pragmatic: put the bucket on the...

    Go with the pragmatic: put the bucket on the ground and put a 4l jug full of water/ice on the lid to keep it from blowing away.. You can get free, food-grade buckets with lids at grocery stores that...
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    That'll work great. Your photo shows what looks...

    That'll work great. Your photo shows what looks like an electrical entrance pole: do you have power? Don't scrimp on good lighting if you boil at night. Inspect the masonry because the heat from an...
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    To reduce the possibility of spoilage, you need...

    To reduce the possibility of spoilage, you need to filter when the syrup is hot. It also passes through the filter more effectively. And you need to filter above 180°F.
    You wrote: "I filtered the...
  24. If you buy Ridgid, they have lifetime battery...

    If you buy Ridgid, they have lifetime battery replacement. You have to register the battery to be eligible.
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    "Sap foaming" and "syrup foaming nearing the...

    "Sap foaming" and "syrup foaming nearing the finishing point" seem to be two different things. At times, I have to put defoamer in the flue pan (212°F), but rarely in the finishing pan (217°F, 218°F,...
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