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    At low percentages like this the math is pretty...

    At low percentages like this the math is pretty simple (as long as you don't need an exact number). You want three times the sugar, so you need one third the volume. That means you want to arrive...
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    I'm in that same boat as well. Definitely got...

    I'm in that same boat as well. Definitely got suckered in by the long-term forecast of warmth. I tapped on Feb tenth, and I haven't even bothered to drive up to my sugar shack since then. All I'd...
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    It has never happened to me, but I understand...

    It has never happened to me, but I understand that if you seat your taps too hard in the hole you can crack the tree. This leads to what you describe, where the sap flows as much around the tap than...
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    Conceivably, it might provide enough power to run...

    Conceivably, it might provide enough power to run a fan to give me AUF. They probably need around 100 - 150 watts. Could be a fun project.
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    One suggestion: do whatever you can to insulate...

    One suggestion: do whatever you can to insulate the part of the pans that are sticking off the evaporator. Or else set up some kind of reflective heat baffles with tinfoil or something. I had a short...
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    I think it's a really cool idea. This one runs a...

    I think it's a really cool idea. This one runs a tiny fan off two tea-lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=33&v=bbK0nCaZsAA&feature=emb_logo

    What could you run off six feet of 500...
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    I've made maple nuts and maple popcorn, and both...

    I've made maple nuts and maple popcorn, and both have been a big hit.

    Nuts are really easy. The popcorn is a little more finicky. First of all with the popcorn, you need a higher temp on the...
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    Definitely it should be decent. In fact i'd say...

    Definitely it should be decent. In fact i'd say cut it as soon as possible. In my experience hemlock rots pretty fast.
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    Tapped in Chester

    I've been back and forth on the fence for over a week now. In particular, the forecast for this week has looked anywhere between great and terrible over the last week. I was going to do it this...
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    I've been back and forth on the fence for over a...

    I've been back and forth on the fence for over a week now. In particular, the forecast for this week has looked anywhere between great and terrible over the last week. I was going to do it this...
  11. I've been back and forth on the fence for over a...

    I've been back and forth on the fence for over a week now. In particular, the forecast for this week has looked anywhere between great and terrible over the last week. I wound up biting the bullet...
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    I changed my mind. Looking at the forecast for...

    I changed my mind. Looking at the forecast for next week it just looks like it'll be too cold. I'm holding off another week, and will plan to tap next weekend (2/15) rather than this weekend (2/8)....
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    Yeah it works well. I'd suggest filtering right...

    Yeah it works well. I'd suggest filtering right into it. You can use the optimizer filter rack. Here's a link if you haven't heard of it: ...
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    Hey George, actually I think you're on the right...

    Hey George, actually I think you're on the right track. I was talking about the OP - I feel like if you're going to spend big $$, why not go ahead and do it right and buy a water jacket like you...
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    I use the same method as wmick and others here,...

    I use the same method as wmick and others here, where I dump the hot water out of the urn just before starting to filter syrup directly into the urn.

    If I've got a big batch, I might turn off the...
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    Thank you! I was confusing it with the formula...

    Thank you! I was confusing it with the formula for the circumference, which is 2 pi r. Sorry for the misleading post! Just goes to show I shouldn't try to remember middle school math 40 years...
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    He doesn't have a flue pan. GO

    He doesn't have a flue pan.

    GO
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    From everything I've read, you want the space...

    From everything I've read, you want the space under your back pan to have the distance from the bottom of the pan to the top of the arch below it such that it makes an area the same as the area of...
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    Tubing recycling in CT or MA?

    I'm considering getting into tubing. In another thread, buckey gold said:


    Having to throw away all that plastic is a significant concern for me. If it's a matter of throwing away all that...
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    All of that plastic waste is definitely a big concern for me. If I knew I could recycle the tubing - that would be a clincher for giving it a try. I've looked around but haven't had any luck...
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    Nice! Looks like it should be a decent run this...

    Nice! Looks like it should be a decent run this week. I'm a bit west of you, but I think at roughly the same elevation (800') so probably around the same season. I plan to tap next weekend. It's...
  22. That's very generous of you! Are your lines up...

    That's very generous of you! Are your lines up year-round? My aunt spends a lot of time in Stockbridge in the summer, and I know she'd enjoy a visit, so I could come visit her and also learn how to...
  23. Thanks everyone for the excellent advice! I...

    Thanks everyone for the excellent advice! I think I get the picture. So here's what I'm thinking, correct me for anything that sounds too out of whack:

    1 - While there's still sap in the line,...
  24. This would be a hill directly above the sugar...

    This would be a hill directly above the sugar shack, so I'd just end the tubing in a food-grade barrel of some kind propped up on cinderblocks behind the shack, with a spigot in the bottom of it. ...
  25. Considering using tubing - question about cleaning

    I've been sugaring for five years now. So far all on buckets. Considering maybe adding a tubing run next season, but I'm not sure if it's worth it. Here are the considerations:

    - I have no...
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