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  1. #1451
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    Agreed, just the way this winter weather have been your guess is as good as mine.
    I am not ready yet anyways...getting the buckets and what not out for cleaning this weekend.
    Finished my new oil tank cooker last night......newbe adventures in welding...
    cost 0 dollars as i already had all the materials. pans from my original barrel cookers.
    cut up and re welded an old railing for the fire grate.....second post has more pics...
    can't wait to try it out.....1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpg
    2016-2022
    2 homemade barrel cookers.
    1 2x3 flat pan with pre-heater.
    1 3x4 constant flow pan with pre-heater.
    10/20 - 5/16 taps on buckets.
    1 new ro bucket.
    And a very understanding wife.

    2023-
    New DIY oil tank evaporator
    20-30 5/16 taps on buckets.
    Same pans.
    Same wife.

  2. #1452
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    2016-2022
    2 homemade barrel cookers.
    1 2x3 flat pan with pre-heater.
    1 3x4 constant flow pan with pre-heater.
    10/20 - 5/16 taps on buckets.
    1 new ro bucket.
    And a very understanding wife.

    2023-
    New DIY oil tank evaporator
    20-30 5/16 taps on buckets.
    Same pans.
    Same wife.

  3. #1453
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    Nashville, MI
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    Nice job on the oil tank arch. I kinda wish the one I used to have would have been made that way, but maybe not, because then I wouldn't have upgraded and bought the new one.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal. syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

  4. #1454
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    Been busy working on replacing drop lines since christmas. Its been nice working in the woods with the lack of snow but its still a pain replacing drops. There's no fast way to do it. I sure hope it is worth it We did about 700 out of 2400 taps. We are using yellow colored drops this year to keep track of what's done. I would like to do 700-800 every year. Now I'm working on replacing taps on the remaining lines. We use the clear leader taps. Yesterday I discovered a bunch of bear damage. From a distance I could see the tubing was missing and when I got to it I found it was all chewed into little pieces. So far I have found about 5 lines totally destroyed. Hopefully I don't find any more. I'm sure its bear damage because my friend had 5 bear on his trail camera this past fall. All 5 in one picture I must add!
    I'm heading out the door to get back at it.
    1350 taps on vac
    750 taps on 3/16
    4x12 evaporator oil fired
    1000gph d&g ro
    Double 7" presses
    2x4 oil fired finish evaporator

  5. #1455
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    plattmaple, Do you have a bear season in NY. Sounds like its time to apply/buy a tag.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal. syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

  6. #1456
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    We get a bear tag with our deer license in NY. Unfortunately no one got any of them as far as I know.
    1350 taps on vac
    750 taps on 3/16
    4x12 evaporator oil fired
    1000gph d&g ro
    Double 7" presses
    2x4 oil fired finish evaporator

  7. #1457
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    That is a bummer. Wish it was that simple here. Bear meat is really good, unfortunately there isn't a lot of meat on a bear.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal. syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

  8. #1458
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    stafford, N.Y.
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    pre fired the new arch to set the brick mortar and steam clean the pans.
    only 4 pieces of wood in there....seems to be working.. can't wait to
    put full heat to her.....20230121_150656.jpg
    2016-2022
    2 homemade barrel cookers.
    1 2x3 flat pan with pre-heater.
    1 3x4 constant flow pan with pre-heater.
    10/20 - 5/16 taps on buckets.
    1 new ro bucket.
    And a very understanding wife.

    2023-
    New DIY oil tank evaporator
    20-30 5/16 taps on buckets.
    Same pans.
    Same wife.

  9. #1459
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    Apr 2019
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    Nashville, MI
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    looks really good - congrats.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal. syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

  10. #1460
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    Feb 2016
    Location
    stafford, N.Y.
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    thinking about taping in this weekend...the trees are thawing a little today and sunday.
    but we have a cold front next week,,,not good weather til the 11th ish.
    just would save me front rushing on a weeknight before then.
    not looking for sap right now but I could get it done while the weather was halfway nice.
    thoughts anybody??????
    2016-2022
    2 homemade barrel cookers.
    1 2x3 flat pan with pre-heater.
    1 3x4 constant flow pan with pre-heater.
    10/20 - 5/16 taps on buckets.
    1 new ro bucket.
    And a very understanding wife.

    2023-
    New DIY oil tank evaporator
    20-30 5/16 taps on buckets.
    Same pans.
    Same wife.

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