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    Default Squirrel chews

    Been out repairing chews on the 3/16 spiles and tubing. Connectors and tape. I also added a little cyan treat for the little $#!@s.
    Anyone have a fool proof solution besides a 22? Or the chew repairs?

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    Skinned and quartered with onions, potatoes, carrots, water, and beef bullion. In the slow cooker until it falls apart, yummy.
    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 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

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    The deer got me last night. First time in a few years.
    Gary / Zena Crossroads / 42˚ 00' 24" N / Hobby in Early '70s, Addiction since 2014

    160+ taps on 3/16 (45 of which are on Lunchbox Vac/Releaser)
    12x34 timber framed sap house w/attached 10x14 shed roof for storage
    2 x 6 Smoky Lake hybrid pan on Corsair arch with AUF/steam hood/preheater/concentric exhaust
    7.0 KW Sun Power PV System, Smokey Lake Filter Press/Steam Bottler, NGMP 100 gph RO

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    Replace lines where needed. To prevent the squirrel chews , when I clean my tubing I use pool shock , no sodium. Year before I changed 1000 ft. of 3/16 with chews. This season I only found 2 chews. Its the sodium there after, get rid of that you've mostly solved your problem.

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    I have had better luck deterring them with Sriracha sauce than just cyan or hot sauce. It stays on the tree and lines longer and it has a different smell that really seems to repel them.
    125-150 taps
    Smokey Lakes Full pint Hybrid pan
    Modified half pint arch
    Air over fire
    All 3/16 tubing
    Southern Ohio

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    Interesting idea. My deterrent comes in a shell form and seems to work well. Plant some walnut trees in your lawn and throw a bird feeder in there. They come right to the deterrent.

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