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  1. Just put steel on my house last year and did it...

    Just put steel on my house last year and did it right over the shingles. I laid 1/4" fanfold insulation over the shingles and secured with plastic cap nails. Steel over that. I can see that there...
  2. I've gotten a USDA census every year for maple...

    I've gotten a USDA census every year for maple syrup and then this year I didn't get one. Didn't even realize I hadn't seen one until mid May. Don't know why they took me off the list. I send them...
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    It'll depend greatly on the syrup. At the...

    It'll depend greatly on the syrup. At the beginning of the season I hear people say 50 gallons through a 7" full bank is easy, so yeah, 3 should do the job for 15-20 gallons. At the end of the season...
  4. It's called check kiting if anyone wants to read...

    It's called check kiting if anyone wants to read up on the details of the scam.
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    We did good here. About .6gpt. Flavor at the end...

    We did good here. About .6gpt. Flavor at the end was different, but everyone who tasted it liked it.
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    In my limited experience, h2o tubing has 30p beat...

    In my limited experience, h2o tubing has 30p beat by a long shot.
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    Here's what I brought home last weekend: D&G 7"...

    Here's what I brought home last weekend: D&G 7" press with seven 2" cake plates. It's got a flojet electric diaphragm pump. I used 3 sets of filters and did 147 gallons of syrup, basically a mix of...
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    Lots of guys run thermostats on them. I leave...

    Lots of guys run thermostats on them. I leave mine run 24/7 for the duration of the syrup season. One of my pumps just finished it's 4th season.
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    He meant 5/16, which is the standard tubing size...

    He meant 5/16, which is the standard tubing size for sap collection. That's what everyone used before 3/16 came on the scene.
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    In a word, yes. It'll be better than buckets...

    In a word, yes.

    It'll be better than buckets no matter how much from you have AFTER the last tap, but the more drop you have after the taps stop the better. That's what creates natural vacuum,...
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    I don't know, maybe I'm optimistic, but if he's...

    I don't know, maybe I'm optimistic, but if he's already got a building, a used 2x6 for $3000 and a DIY RO isn't crazy expensive. If he put 150 on vacuum and made 75 gallons of syrup on average every...
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    I'd check the price of a Thor arch. Sippl...

    I'd check the price of a Thor arch. Sippl sugarbush in Birnamwood WI is a dealer. They make traditional arches as well as an inferno style.
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    I've used arch board and ceramic blanket...

    I've used arch board and ceramic blanket respectively behind the fire brick in my last two cookers. Arch board is a little easier to work with, but it's WAY more expensive. I bought certain blanket...
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    If you're looking at 180 taps, skip the half pint...

    If you're looking at 180 taps, skip the half pint and look for a used 2x6. Get yourself set up right from the get go.
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    Bulk tanks are pretty much the best storage...

    Bulk tanks are pretty much the best storage solution, with the only downsides being the expense and the occasional situation in which they insulation keeps the sap warmer than it might have been in a...
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    If you're adding taps next year, use the new taps...

    If you're adding taps next year, use the new taps you've purchased in that section since the tubing will be new. If you want to use CVs, use them on the older drops. If you still have more...
  17. Having never used a press, or even seen one in...

    Having never used a press, or even seen one in use for that matter, I really don't get the nuance if them. That said, I see that the way these are plumbed, there is a ball valve between the pump and...
  18. I don't think so. Has a bypass valve on it, but...

    I don't think so. Has a bypass valve on it, but from what I can tell it's an on-off switch for the pump.
  19. Anyone used the new electric diaphragm pump filter presses

    I see them in the D&G catalog. Don't know if anyone else is using those pumps. I guess it's a food grade nylon pump from flojet but that's about as much as I know. Seems handy not to need air. I know...
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    235 gallons through cone filters last year. Yeah,...

    235 gallons through cone filters last year. Yeah, I'm gonna buy a press...
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    That's pretty amazing that you're doing 130gph...

    That's pretty amazing that you're doing 130gph through a 3x10 with only a 5' flue pan! Obviously the steamaway is part of the equation, but still I'm impressed!
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    That's what the 3 of the dealers I talked to...

    That's what the 3 of the dealers I talked to recommended, the full 7" that is. One guy suggested a short bank 10", which was priced pretty similarly. I don't know exactly how a full 7 and a short 10...
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    One dealer mentioned the thickness of the plates...

    One dealer mentioned the thickness of the plates as one difference between manufacturers. Thicker plates means more capacity. Out of curiosity, I'm considering a new press myself and I'd like to...
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    Why don't you want to install CV taps (not...

    Why don't you want to install CV taps (not adapters) in November?
  25. I will say though that the syrup sounds like it...

    I will say though that the syrup sounds like it will be over dense. If you dilute it to 67 or 67.5 while it's still hot the first time it will lose water as it cools (unless you have a tight fitting...
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