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    It is still good. Issues that could have caused...

    It is still good. Issues that could have caused it not to seal, something on the rubber part of the lid, temperature of the syrup not hot enough or something on the top surface of the jar. There...
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    A 415 was my first milk tank. (you will like it)....

    A 415 was my first milk tank. (you will like it). It was my head tank for 5-6 years, then I had a 200 given to me. That then needed covers made and a valve added and it became my head tank. Later I...
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    July Journal

    July already! I still need to do up more wood. A few years ago I always had 2 yrs wood ready ahead by this time of year, now I only have 20-25% of it ready. It seems as I get older I've slowed down....
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    The next piece of advice is to never use a damper...

    The next piece of advice is to never use a damper on an wood fired evaporator smoke stack and give it loads of combustion air. A blower help with that. An evaporator works best when it burns as hot...
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    Exactly my advice too.

    Exactly my advice too.
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    I have no sales at the end of my driveway, thus...

    I have no sales at the end of my driveway, thus no camera. I do use cameras at the 2 entrances to my sugarhouse. Those are Plot Watcher cameras, set to take a picture every 30 seconds. I've never had...
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    It will become very obvious how that helps when...

    It will become very obvious how that helps when you boil, you will see a very hard boil over that partition. It will be the hardest in the entire pan. Much of the heat causing that would have...
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    Is that how Bill Mason suggests bricking that...

    Is that how Bill Mason suggests bricking that arch? Back when I had a half pint the bricking design called for a partition about where you start the elevated part. Leader said the partition was to be...
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    I tap at a slight angle, I think I'll start...

    I tap at a slight angle, I think I'll start tapping straight in from now on.
  10. One issue with such a shallow pan is that a rapid...

    One issue with such a shallow pan is that a rapid boil will make sap jump out of the pan. That can be controlled by having an extension made out of ss to set on it. Design it so the geysers jumping...
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    My head tank sets on a sturdy platform against...

    My head tank sets on a sturdy platform against the north wall outside butted tight against the sugarhouse wall. The tank valve is just inside the sugarhouse. It does not sweat. It is high enough...
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    Over the years I've had a few different size head...

    Over the years I've had a few different size head tanks. I first used a 415 gal milk tank, then I got a 200 gal also SS tank free and used that for a few years. I think that was originally used to...
  13. But, to answer the question, most arches are just...

    But, to answer the question, most arches are just angle iron welded frames covered with sheet metal (or SS) on the sides and also under it, except under the fire box. Most fireboxes are open...
  14. Before you design an arch and the pan(s) I...

    Before you design an arch and the pan(s) I suggest you give us more info. Most hobbyists start small then grow. How many taps do you envision in 3 years, and then in 5 years? How many days did you...
  15. This looks like a very interesting webinar with...

    This looks like a very interesting webinar with some great presenters. I'll have to check my calendar!
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    I think your first idea would dilute the vinegar...

    I think your first idea would dilute the vinegar too much. Cutting the vinegar with too much water is not a good idea. I use straight vinegar, but many get good results adding 1 or 2, maybe 3 gal...
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    kboone1, you made one statement that makes me...

    kboone1, you made one statement that makes me think the density is possibly too thick. You say it is spot on 67 but then say +/- a few tenths. A few tenths could be an issue. First of all, how do you...
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    Thompson, which induction sealer do you use? I...

    Thompson, which induction sealer do you use? I very rarely have any issue sealing jugs, but over the years some caps that came with lots of glass I have gotten had seal issues. I might get one and...
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    My walls are 10' high, but my cupola opening is...

    My walls are 10' high, but my cupola opening is only 28" x 6' while my roof pitch is 9/12. I think the big difference is that TapTapTap had wood under the steel roofing. The first year when I had the...
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    Metal roof is by far the safest. I put my metal...

    Metal roof is by far the safest. I put my metal roof on directly over spaced inch board. The first year (no hood that year) I almost had to wear a raincoat when boiling. By year 2 I had a hood and...
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    I suggest you get a copy of Steve Childs' Maple...

    I suggest you get a copy of Steve Childs' Maple Tubing Notebook. it will give you the info you need.
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    Find a different source. A car wash equipment...

    Find a different source. A car wash equipment vendor will not have food grade products.
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    Nice video, but just a couple of suggestions. Not...

    Nice video, but just a couple of suggestions. Not a good idea to show (or use) a galvanized tank. Second, you will do lots better if you have the woo ready to go in before the door is opened. Every...
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    That height will be no issue, but as Collins...

    That height will be no issue, but as Collins said, you must have a funnel suspended under the steam stack with a drain run to the hood gutters and then out. Any steam stack will get condensation...
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    I didn't find the complete specs. I see 212F max,...

    I didn't find the complete specs. I see 212F max, but don't see anything about food grade. To me it looks more like a car wash pump but I may be wrong. The price is good, but only if it is safe to...
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