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    I walked up the hill today where I will be...

    I walked up the hill today where I will be putting my new lines. It is steep all the way with no flat spots and lots of maple trees and there will be a good long stretch at the end that will be steep...
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    Thanks, very cool about the louvers. Thanks for...

    Thanks, very cool about the louvers. Thanks for the link. I may also do the roof vents for the other 8 feet of the roof, not covered by the cupola.

    I won’t be doing any of that fancy joinery...
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    The picture is crude drawing of my truss spacing...

    The picture is crude drawing of my truss spacing plan for a 12’ beam. I may still have a 16’ long beam and add two more trusses. The red line will be where my exhaust pipe will be. If I have a two...
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    Thanks! Nice sugar shack! If I ever get a real...

    Thanks! Nice sugar shack! If I ever get a real evaporator, I will add walls to what I am building, but while I am using a cinderblock evaporator I want lots of open sides.

    Can you open the...
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    Thanks I have a friend, who has a cupola that...

    Thanks

    I have a friend, who has a cupola that runs the length of the shack and both sides are open with no windows. Works well for him.

    I will do something.
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    Thanks. The two guys that will be helping me...

    Thanks.

    The two guys that will be helping me with the roof, who have more experience, seem to be reluctant to build the cupola, but I guess I will have to insist.

    I am still a few weeks from...
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    I find this post interesting and maybe daunting....

    I find this post interesting and maybe daunting. This was my first year making syrup and I have been told by several people that it was the best syrup they have ever tasted. The latest comment I...
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    Would a vented roof cap on a metal roof, that...

    Would a vented roof cap on a metal roof, that runs the length of the roof, act as quasi cupola? Would it allow at least a fair amount of steam out?
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    Lol, this will be “easy” sap, from lines instead...

    Lol, this will be “easy” sap, from lines instead of buckets. The hill is so long and steep, it is so perfect. The collection area, is right beside the road. I don’t look forward to the day in March...
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    Well my plans for this coming season certainly...

    Well my plans for this coming season certainly have changed. Under the category of nothing ventured, nothing gained, I asked a neighbour if I could tap his trees. His property is a steep long hill...
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    Thanks, appreciate that. I am already excited...

    Thanks, appreciate that.

    I am already excited about next season.
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    This is something I will have to learn. It will...

    This is something I will have to learn. It will be different from my five restaurant pans, where I got some syrup every boil.
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    Thank you both of you for your responses....

    Thank you both of you for your responses. Interesting in making it over Brix.

    I have a vacuum filter and would I not have to reheat it to 200+ degrees to go through my filters?

    Thanks
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    Backyarders with Divided Pans

    Just wondering for those with smaller operations using a divided pan, do you draw off a tad early and finish it later, or do draw off finished syrup?

    If you are drawing off finished syrup do you...
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    I decided on the dimensions of my firebox. It...

    I decided on the dimensions of my firebox. It will be 17/18” tall from the top of the fire grate to the bottom of the pan. It will be 23” wide and 31” deep. The front of the ramp will be flat for 15”...
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    Marked the spots where my posts will go. I was...

    Marked the spots where my posts will go. I was going to rent an excavator to dig the hole because of all of the roots I would encounter, but when they wanted an extra $150 for delivery and pickup, I...
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    I am reconsidering getting the base stack and 8...

    I am reconsidering getting the base stack and 8 inch pipe. As I prepare for my sugar pavilion, I have to design it for the future, and the future is the base stack and the divided pan, all that can...
  18. Hmmm, I am also switching from steam pans to a...

    Hmmm, I am also switching from steam pans to a divided pan. I am rebuilding my cinder block evaporator so that it fits the new pan better.

    I was not thinking about raising my grate, I just thought...
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    I really enjoyed the video and will share it.

    I really enjoyed the video and will share it.
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    Checking with my local steel supplier, I can get...

    Checking with my local steel supplier, I can get 4”x2”x 1/4” angle iron. The 2” is more than I would want, but does not hurt. I would space my cinder block walls, so that I had a 22” gap between the...
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    Thinking about it, the angle iron, if attached to...

    Thinking about it, the angle iron, if attached to the concrete block away from the edge, would likely have the strength itself to support the pan, thereby not putting any structural stress on the...
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    Thanks I had planned on having an angle iron...

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    I had planned on having an angle iron frame on the top concrete block, to hold the fire brick in place, so that would mean the fire brick would have to go right to the top.

    The other...
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    The manufacturer of my divided pan tells me that...

    The manufacturer of my divided pan tells me that 3/4” of the four edges of the pan should sit on, in my case, the concrete blocks surrounding the firebox. With having 1 1/4” thick firebrick along the...
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    [QUOTE=Brien;404574]where are you ordering your...

    [QUOTE=Brien;404574]where are you ordering your pan from? I am intrigued with a divided pan …. [\QUOTE]

    https://www.kijiji.ca/v-view-details.html?adId=1592285302

    Ryan is the sellers name: +1...
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    I am ordering my 2x4 divided pan today and will...

    I am ordering my 2x4 divided pan today and will have it fitted to have a float box. I might not get it until the fall, as there are many evaporator orders ahead of me. They make both evaporators and...
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