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  1. #51
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    I got some last year at Canadian Tire. Wasn't to pricey.

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    The Canadian tire and depo ones will definitely work but youíll find a much better brick from a masonry supply store. If your looking at doing an entire arch then I think youíll be surprised at the cost. A masonry shop will also be Way denser and usually thicker. I bought a couple new pans from a guy on Kijiji that makes ss pans and really nice arches and pretty much anything to do with syrup production. He is in the Hanover area just for anybody reading. He was more then happy to sell me fire bricks at a great price as he gets them by the skid. Pretty much the only way to get them on the cheap if your doing an entire arch. Just an idea you could try if you have anybody in your area making them.
    I use to work at a steel mill doing refractory Brick work on ladles and furnaces to hold molten steel. The ceramic fibre material might be hard to find at stores as it contains all kinds of bad stuff you donít want to be breathing in and easily is airborne by just touching it or bending it. We use to keep it in a totally separate area when I was at the plant. Iím betting itís our safety standards in Canada stopping you from seeing it at home depo.ca if you do find some what ever you do put a mask on when working with it and not just a covid mask lol.
    2017- first year 80 taps 22x36 home made arch and pan. Plus outside steamer pan setup.

    2018- ???taps same arch. New 8x12 sugar shack with additional 4 feet being added. Plan on setting up 2 gravity lines plus buckets. Prob around 100 taps

    2019- 85 taps 55l syrup 2019 can-am defender hd10 xt

    2020- 100 taps New 4x2 foot pan plus 1x2 pre heat pan. New homemade arch. 6x12 addition added to the shack.

    2021-160 taps. Same everything pretty much.

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    Hkb82: Yes, I noticed when working with the ceramic insulation that I needed a mask and gloves. Luckily I didn't have to do too much cutting, the cheap flimsy utility knife they included did the job. I worked outside in the sugar shack with the door wide open. This is what I used: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01H2RQYBW?...ack_e_404_dt_1

    Coatesy, I paid $6.99/brick at Crap Tire and $3/brick at Hoffman's. Mind, Home Depot even worse for price, I think $11+ per brick. I don't see a difference in size or thickness but I think I'll be using the Crappy Tire ones more for the bottom than the sides and back. Cheesed off that I paid so much but not about to lug 16 bricks back to CT.
    Last edited by Galena; 03-04-2021 at 07:38 PM.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewCP View Post
    Just took a quick look at the long range for my area. I can't see myself tapping until late in the second week of March. Possibly waiting until the 13. That said, forecasts can change quickly. We are all ready to tap in. Only takes an afternoon to pound in 50 or 60 spiles.

    Drew.
    Ha, For the first time in a very long time the 14 day forecast was almost bang on!
    Booked off Tuesday to get tapped in.
    Let the 2.5 weeks of mayhem begin!

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    Default Maple Syrup Bottle Labels

    Any advice on where is a good place to get a custom label printed?
    Eastern Ontario (Lanark Highlands)
    Canada's First Net Zero GHG Emissions Maple Syrup Producer
    Waterloo 18" x 5' wood fired evaporator

    2021 - 92 taps on buckets & gravity lines, 750 L storage
    2020 - 75 taps on buckets, 750 L online storage, 400 L in offline buckets
    2019 - 34 taps, 400 L storage
    2018 - 12 taps, 100 L storage

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    2019 - Barrel evaporator 2 steam pans 44 taps 13 Liters syrup
    2020 - Barrel evaporator 2 steam pans 51 taps 21 Liters syrup
    2021- New homemade 2x3 evaporator and flat pan 61 drop tubes to buckets

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    What's with the weather this week? How did we go from a forecasted week of +3 to +5 and lows of -3 every day to +9 AND +11 with a low of +6 mid week?

    March 6 weather 2021.jpg


    Wanted to get all my drops installed this weekend but man it's cold out there to be standing in the woods..
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    2021 -29 trees -23 on tubing, 6 on buckets. ~1240 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: TBD
    2020 -30 trees 32 taps. ~900 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 27.1 litres of syrup.
    2019 -27 trees 31 taps. ~725 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 22.2 litres of syrup.
    2018 -19 Trees 20 taps. ~750 Litres sap collected (~50 spoiled ). Syrup count -18 litres syrup
    2017 -4 trees 4 taps. ~60 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 1.5 litres of syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulslund View Post
    Wanted to get all my drops installed this weekend but man it's cold out there to be standing in the woods..
    I feel you on that one. I also don't like to tap in sub-freezing for risk of damaging around the tap hole.

    Think I'll wait until Tuesday before putting out more taps.
    Eastern Ontario (Lanark Highlands)
    Canada's First Net Zero GHG Emissions Maple Syrup Producer
    Waterloo 18" x 5' wood fired evaporator

    2021 - 92 taps on buckets & gravity lines, 750 L storage
    2020 - 75 taps on buckets, 750 L online storage, 400 L in offline buckets
    2019 - 34 taps, 400 L storage
    2018 - 12 taps, 100 L storage

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    I've held off so far but Monday might be an option.Maybe one long run and then it's too warm.
    I wonder if it would be better to wait until after the 3 day heat wave?

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    I am waiting also.. Way too cold. Tuesday and Wed look nice, but everything needs to thaw out, then rain and snow thurs and fri. Yuk!
    Batch boiling 100+ taps on my homemade AUF arch
    Family of 7 that puts syrup on everything

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