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    Whomever said "a watched pot never boils" wasn't a sugar maker or it would have been "an unwatched evaporator always boils over". Sheesh what a rookie mistake.
    2006 - 12 taps on open fire
    2011 - 50 taps new 2 x 4 flat pan + warmer
    2012 - 65 taps new 16 x 16 sugar shack
    2013- 75 taps and no more, well maybe 85 now
    2016-97 taps
    1 Lab and my wife's Springer

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    Another old saying, there are two kinds of sugar maker's, those who have done that -- and liars.
    3,100 taps
    60 cfm flood
    HC2
    5 by 14 oil

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunday Rock Maple View Post
    Another old saying, there are two kinds of sugar maker's, those who have done that -- and liars.
    Hahaha!!!!

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    and whoever said "frogs have to look through glass 3 times" before the season is over is also wrong. I heard them 1 week ago tonight here,Tuesday night and it froze last Thursday night and the sap was marginal on Saturday, over.
    Mark

    Where we made syrup long before the trendies made it popular, now its just another commodity.

    John Deere 4000, 830, and 420 crawler
    1400 taps, 600 gph CDL RO, 4x12 wood-fired Leader, forced air and preheater. 400 gallon Sap-O-Matic vacuum gathering tank, PTO powered. 2500 gallon X truck tank, 17 bulk tanks.
    No cage tanks allowed on this farm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunday Rock Maple View Post
    Another old saying, there are two kinds of sugar maker's, those who have done that -- and liars.
    Looks like I won't have to lie anymore.
    2006 - 12 taps on open fire
    2011 - 50 taps new 2 x 4 flat pan + warmer
    2012 - 65 taps new 16 x 16 sugar shack
    2013- 75 taps and no more, well maybe 85 now
    2016-97 taps
    1 Lab and my wife's Springer

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    So true... Literally turn around and there she goes. Like it knows where your eyes are and is just waiting...
    10 years into this - Started with 8 paint cans and a borrowed turkey fryer
    100 taps / old school buckets / cinder block arch fired with natural gas / pair of 2x3 pans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunday Rock Maple View Post
    Another old saying, there are two kinds of sugar maker's, those who have done that -- and liars.
    That's the truth.....!!!
    New for 2016 Mason 2x4 XL with AUF blower. No more boiling in stainless steam table trays or pots for me.

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    Regarding boil overs I (try to) never look away nearing the end. Found when i use my wife's good pot (the orange one) it has yet to show any sign of boiling over throughout the process of finishing. The other pot which I'm used to using requires feathering the gas controls the last several minutes preventing boil over. Thought this was interesting and not sure why or how that orange one makes a difference? I did find the pot online (Le Creuset) and now realize why my wife never lets me use it. Crazy expensive! Thank goodness it was a gift!

    One thing I will caution you about is if your used to seeing the rapid rising bubbles signaling close to finish temp using the Le Creuset will boil like it's at 215F when it over 219F! Shown in two pics. IMG_20180306_203640612.jpgScreenshot_20180313-143639.jpgI learned that the first time using it. Nice Pot. Just make sure you watch the temp!
    2017 - First year late start 18 taps. Produced 2 gallons syrup. Hooked for life.

    2018 - 2nd Year early start 26 taps In Jan increased to 86 taps March. Upgraded outdoor boiler to concrete block with 2x 20"x30"x5" Stainless pans. Swimming in sap this March!
    Purchased a small transfer pump and 200' hose to reduce walking buckets through dense forest. Love that little pump! 100% disconnected all taps 3-27-18.

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