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  1. I started the way you did and two seasons ago...

    I started the way you did and two seasons ago bought a smokey lake 2×6 raised flue setup. dad gets a solid 40gph I run it a bit hotter and harder than he does and get 50gph.
    As for customer service...
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    I cut a larger flap in the top of my toats so I...

    I cut a larger flap in the top of my toats so I can get in and clean if I need to that helps a ton.
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    I am lucky to be in a small little pocket in...

    I am lucky to be in a small little pocket in Michigan that has some great soil. It makes some of the best syrup period. it's nothing I do or anything a few of my fellow sugarers do. We all have...
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    I used a good plastic epoxy on a 10" crack in my...

    I used a good plastic epoxy on a 10" crack in my pickup bed tank several years ago. it's doing great . It was a good $5 fix
    I used a sharp wood chisel to v cut the crack like I was going to if it...
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    After 20+ years of screwing around dad and I...

    After 20+ years of screwing around dad and I bought a new 2×6. I should have done that in the beginning.we ran 306 taps this year with no RO. With ease I see myself shooting for the RO and 500 real...
  6. Thread: Snotty syrup

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    Hey it works good in shine. Makes good mash.

    Hey it works good in shine. Makes good mash.
  7. Thread: Snotty syrup

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    Well for the future is it spoiled or is it ok to...

    Well for the future is it spoiled or is it ok to use still. I made sugar from it. I wouldn't think you could do anything else but dump it.
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    Snotty syrup

    Last year I had a batch of syrup that was by taste and looks just fine. But when you poured it it was snotty. The syrup would leave streamers like hot mozzarella.
    It looked fine going through the...
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    I herd it yesterday and thought to myself I'll...

    I herd it yesterday and thought to myself I'll bet it's not pure maple syrup.
    Some lawyers will say theres half of 1% maple syrup in it so it's not misleading.
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    I say start looking for dairy farm bankruptcy...

    I say start looking for dairy farm bankruptcy sales and find a good working bulk tank for your concentrat.
    Keep us dreamers posted on how it goes . Mabe do a series on YouTube to help generate...
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    We do 80-100 gallons a year through 2 cone...

    We do 80-100 gallons a year through 2 cone filters and several pre filters we make 5-10 gallons a day that go in the filter pot in 2-5 quart draws we have no issues.
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    That's funny I just ate green beans and gravy...

    That's funny I just ate green beans and gravy made in aluminum pots in my kitchen. Pots that I got out of a restuarant.
    If you'd have asked if you could have used copper , English tin , stainless,...
  13. Thread: Fire grates?

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    I used a piece of 8" diameter pipe cut in thirds...

    I used a piece of 8" diameter pipe cut in thirds lengthwise with combustion air holes cut in them. They have ben through two years and still look like new.1991619917
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    Big Tom is not buying till next year. I have 100...

    Big Tom is not buying till next year.
    I have 100 gallons I want to move asap. All in 5 gallon pails who wants it 517-719-6235. Woodennickel77@gmail.com
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    Well we called it done today. It was a short 11...

    Well we called it done today. It was a short 11 days boiling .but we faired well anyway.
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    Is the boil in the flue right at the transition...

    Is the boil in the flue right at the transition of the ramp in the arch. And no further back from there. As for the steam it could be a couple things. The hotter the steam the less visible it is...
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    If you want an accurate measure rig up a sight...

    If you want an accurate measure rig up a sight tube off your draw off valve some how. Then you'll know at a glance.
  18. I burrow all my trees from my neighbors. I live...

    I burrow all my trees from my neighbors. I live in a small town full of 150 year old maples. I barter syrup for the use of the trees. There all invited to the sugar bush to check it out and enjoy...
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    Well here in central Michigan it looks like...

    Well here in central Michigan it looks like Wednesday is above freezing then a good night Thursday and Friday then 40°for lows from there out. What do you do? Last year taps were in for 7 weeks. Go...
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    I'm in central Michigan. I watch both accuweather...

    I'm in central Michigan. I watch both accuweather and the weather channel app's. Accuweather has us running great out till April 1st . The weather channel app has us done next Friday. I pray it's...
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    I'm cheep and spent countless hours looking for...

    I'm cheep and spent countless hours looking for the cheapest stuff when I built my arch and found the ceramic blanket at smokey lake maple to be the cheapest. I just ordered more and did a second...
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    He fired it up today and to my surprise it...

    He fired it up today and to my surprise it actually works. Lol. 196681966919670
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    Weird first run only 120 gallons this morning on...

    Weird first run only 120 gallons this morning on 300 taps. Buckets still only couple inches in them. But the 200 gallons we got yesterday made the lightest syrup I've ever made it's lighter than...
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    Last minute makeover

    I found a friend an old evaporator last summer. A couple weeks ago we started an ambitious arch rebuild. Witch led to a sugar bush remodel to put the new rig in . Turns out the castings we got were...
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    I have a smokey lake 2×6 raised flue . I built my arch with smokey lakes pre made front door assembly. I made a few changes to the arch. Of witch one was a damper at the back of the arch. I run my...
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