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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!!!
  5. 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...
  7. 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...
  19. Agreed Paul - sap per tap is down (we're not even...

    Agreed Paul - sap per tap is down (we're not even at 10 gallons per tap yet) but the high sugar content is more than making up for it! We got hammered by caterpillars the last 2 years and that will...
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    Thanks Karen. Our total sap gathered hasn't been...

    Thanks Karen. Our total sap gathered hasn't been that high but when you are concentrating 3.0% sap into 15% concentrate it comes off the far end of the evaporator fast and furious! I haven't done the...
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    For reference: The fire box in our Force 5 (14...

    For reference: The fire box in our Force 5 (14 feet of pan in total) is about 6 feet from the inside of the door to the back of the box. We need to leave 12" from the door to the front of the wood to...
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    Monitoring will be a must because you won't have...

    Monitoring will be a must because you won't have a lot of spare time/energy to walk lines unless you can target your efforts on specific sections of the woods.

    Tapping 5000 on your own will be a...
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    So I'm now officially exhausted... We got the...

    So I'm now officially exhausted...

    We got the new high pressure pump for the RO to the sugar camp by 11pm on Friday night. We had a few challenges with getting it installed so it wasn't running...
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    Depends on you exact location. Can't hurt to ride...

    Depends on you exact location. Can't hurt to ride it out and see what syrup you are making by the middle of next week.
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    Is there ever a good day to blow the high...

    Is there ever a good day to blow the high pressure pump on your RO machine? Luckily the nearest 5Hp replacement was only an hour away and I didn't need to drive to Quebec City!
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