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    In addition to all the good information you've...

    In addition to all the good information you've received there may be another tip. I'm not sure how much snow you have there but a good sign for me of when the trees are getting ready to run is when...
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    Looks very nice snakes. You are going to want a...

    Looks very nice snakes. You are going to want a big, adjustable draft door under the wood door. This thing will want lots of air to keep that fire hot.
    I double insulated my fire box with rock wool...
  3. Thread: Early tapping

    by billschi
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    We are below zero at night and in the teens...

    We are below zero at night and in the teens during the day. If I were to tap now with new taps and then cap those taps until the maples flow, would the flow be hindered?
    In my way of thinking, it...
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    I made some maple custard pie. It was a hit. I...

    I made some maple custard pie. It was a hit.
    I also handed out some maple/coffee bean, maple/fir tip, maple/chocolate, maple/pumpkin spice, maple/jalapeno and maple/birch syrups to both sides of the...
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    I installed a blower on my small unit as well. As...

    I installed a blower on my small unit as well. As it did work, as long as there is a fire grate for it to blow under the wood, I found I needed a way to control the amount of air that gets pushed in...
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    How many CFM was your vacuum? How many inches of...

    How many CFM was your vacuum? How many inches of Hg were you able to maintain during this process?
  7. Thread: Birch Bulk

    by billschi
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    Do you have bulk syrup for sale?

    Do you have bulk syrup for sale?
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    I have since stained the whole sugar shack. ...

    I have since stained the whole sugar shack.
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    Now it's time to work on the inside.
    I have 110 gallons of fresh water tanks in the cellar below for cold sap storage until I boil. I use a RV...
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    I have completed my 12'x20' sugar shack. The door...

    I have completed my 12'x20' sugar shack. The door underneath is the root cellar to keep the sap cool. I gravity feed the sap to fresh water tanks and I use a RV pump to pump the sap to the pans....
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    We made about 15 gallons of birch syrup. We sold...

    We made about 15 gallons of birch syrup. We sold our 8oz bottles for $20 at farmers markets. All sold out. Our very first market I had a guy beeline to our table while we were setting up before the...
  11. Thread: 2019

    by billschi
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    I just pulled all my birch and remaining maple...

    I just pulled all my birch and remaining maple taps. It's tough sugaring in northern MN. I yielded 20 gallons of maple and about 13 gallons of birch. All in all the best of the four years since I...
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    The important thing is to have a way adjust the...

    The important thing is to have a way adjust the amount of air, either with varying the motor speed or choking off the airflow. With my flat pans, I kept the fan speed to where the sap maintained...
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    Here's what I came up with for my birch syrup. I...

    Here's what I came up with for my birch syrup.
    I needed to maintain a temperature under 200 F to not burn the sugars in birch. I used a Bucket Head wet/dry vac. The hose was placed on the blower...
  14. Thread: 2019

    by billschi
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    I'm getting the best run in 4 years. This is the...

    I'm getting the best run in 4 years. This is the first time evry tree is running. Tomorrow I will be running both evaporators. The root cellar is holding 120 gallons overnight at 40F. Tomorrow I...
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    This is the bubbler I made for my flat pan....

    This is the bubbler I made for my flat pan.
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    Here's a video of the aerator in action....

    Here's a video of the aerator in action.
    https://youtu.be/wAHlbYT4oxM
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    I made an aerator for the pan to make birch syrup...

    I made an aerator for the pan to make birch syrup this year.
    I am still in maple syrup season and will try it out on 40 gallons of maple sap tomorrow.
    I made these with BBQ grill burners and bath...
  18. I have 80 acres. I can tap 3-400 trees if I could...

    I have 80 acres. I can tap 3-400 trees if I could access them. I started with 35 taps 4 years ago. I tapped 235 last year. I built two evaporators and now use them both. One is a 2'x4' and the other...
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    We will be using ours for making maple and birch...

    We will be using ours for making maple and birch syrup. We also make spruce tip, raspberry, blueberry, chamomile and sarsaparilla syrups. We forage off our land to make all sorts of jams and jellies...
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    I've boiled a couple of times and got some more...

    I've boiled a couple of times and got some more work done on the sugar shack. I have a 2'x4' and a 2'x6' evaporator on one end of the building. I have just enough tin on it to keep the rain off me. I...
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    I cooked the cinnamon sticks in the syrup for...

    I cooked the cinnamon sticks in the syrup for about 15 minutes. I was then able to cut them with a scissors.
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    Put in 57 taps yesterday. The trees just woke up....

    Put in 57 taps yesterday. The trees just woke up. Only 10 gallons of sap collected from the south facing hills in 6 hours. The are running much better than last year.
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    Built the cupola on the sugar shack. I think...

    Built the cupola on the sugar shack.
    I think the sap should start flowing by the weekend.
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    This looks like something I can build. Do you...

    This looks like something I can build. Do you have a material list? Thanks for the post.
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    Walls completed and roof trusses are up. A couple...

    Walls completed and roof trusses are up. A couple of friends came over to give me a hand today.
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    The next picture you can see the entrance to the root cellar under the sugar shack.
    The...
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