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    I put up the wires for the three new short lines to connect to, and made 14 drops. The other 8 will be drops that fall directly into the pails.

    The tubing went easily onto the fittings, in contrast to the last roll I purchased a couple months ago. Having always worked with the blue tubing, the green tubing certainly appeared different. All 14 drops were made from new tubing and new fittings. The other 8 direct drops will be from drops from last year that I had cleaned.

    Once again never having done it, when it comes time to clean the nitre from the pan, I will drain all of the sap in the pan into pails and number the pails so that they get poured back into the pan in reverse order, poring them in at the drawoff end of the pan.

    I will power wash the nitre off and take the occasion, to power wash the bottom of the pan at the same time.

    I will have reversed the pan a couple/few times first to try to remove the nitre before power washing, but as I type this I think in both cases I have to empty the pan, why not power wash it all of the time?
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 109 L (28.8 gals) of delicious syrup made.
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter
    Planned 176 taps, 169 on lines and 7 on drops to pails, for 2023 with a 2x4 divided pan and base stack, 8” pipe, on a block arch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swingpure View Post

    Once again never having done it, when it comes time to clean the nitre from the pan, I will drain all of the sap in the pan into pails and number the pails so that they get poured back into the pan in reverse order, poring them in at the drawoff end of the pan.

    I will power wash the nitre off and take the occasion, to power wash the bottom of the pan at the same time.

    I will have reversed the pan a couple/few times first to try to remove the nitre before power washing, but as I type this I think in both cases I have to empty the pan, why not power wash it all of the time?
    I know you've never done it before....thought I'd chime in. I have a Mason 2x4 and boil about 600 gallons of sap each year. In the 12 years I've boiled with it, I've never had to reverse the flow...EVER. I've never had nitre build up. I think that you're going to find it absolutely unnecessary to drain and powerwash your 2x4 mid-season, let alone reverse the flow. It just won't be an issue. I think a lot of information you read online and in the producer's manual applies less to small time hobbyists and more the larger operations.
    Last edited by bigschuss; 11-24-2022 at 09:44 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigschuss View Post
    I know you've never done it before....thought I'd chime in. I have a Mason 2x4 and boil about 600 gallons of sap each year. In the 12 years I've boiled with it, I've never had to reverse the flow...EVER. I've never had nitre build up. I think that you're going to find it absolutely unnecessary to drain and powerwash your 2x4 mid-season, let alone reverse the flow. It just won't an issue. I think a lot of information you read online and in the producer's manual applies less to small time hobbyists and more the larger operations.
    Thank you! That is helpful!
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 109 L (28.8 gals) of delicious syrup made.
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter
    Planned 176 taps, 169 on lines and 7 on drops to pails, for 2023 with a 2x4 divided pan and base stack, 8” pipe, on a block arch.

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    I like to use canola oil. It works real good for me.
    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

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    I perhaps should have been watching the football games, but it was a very nice late November day here and I installed the three short lines with drops, with no issues. I decided not to tap two trees. I always give them a second look before installing the drops, and with the leaves off, I felt the trees were not healthy enough to tap. I did double tap two large trees, so I still ended up with 22 new taps.

    Our snow is in the process of melting, when it comes back, where I had been thinking I would walk the lines twice a month to keep the path to the taps passable, I decided I will try and walk them twice or so a week. Not only will that help to keep,the paths even more passable, but will help me to stay in shape during the winter and will allow me to keep an eye open for any fallen branches on the lines.
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 109 L (28.8 gals) of delicious syrup made.
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter
    Planned 176 taps, 169 on lines and 7 on drops to pails, for 2023 with a 2x4 divided pan and base stack, 8” pipe, on a block arch.

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    Yes, sir its warmed up here also. most of all the snow we got is gone.
    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

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    I mentioned in an earlier post about seeing a TV commercial about Maple Syrup. They are not super special, but it is so rare to see commercials on our favourite liquid. (I guess for some it is their favourite non alcoholic liquid) I videoed them off of the TV. A little funny.

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/05cB...WVFyJnTuapHt0A

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/00eN...bI3F70p3wimqeQ
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 109 L (28.8 gals) of delicious syrup made.
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter
    Planned 176 taps, 169 on lines and 7 on drops to pails, for 2023 with a 2x4 divided pan and base stack, 8” pipe, on a block arch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swingpure View Post
    I mentioned in an earlier post about seeing a TV commercial about Maple Syrup. They are not super special, but it is so rare to see commercials on our favourite liquid. (I guess for some it is their favourite non alcoholic liquid) I videoed them off of the TV. A little funny.

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/05cB...WVFyJnTuapHt0A

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/00eN...bI3F70p3wimqeQ
    Thanks for sharing, these are really cute. And in that vein, here's something that's not maple for breakfast. Just heard about it from a colleague from work and made it for Thanksgiving. It was a big hit: https://smittenkitchen.com/2007/11/n...ple-cream-pie/

    Gabe
    2016: Homemade arch from old wood stove; 2 steam tray pans; 6 taps; 1.1 gal
    2017: Same setup. 15 taps; 4.5 gal
    2018: Same setup. Limited time. 12 taps and short season; 2.2 gal
    2019: Very limited time. 7 taps and a short season; 1.8 gal
    2020: New Mason 2x3 XL halfway through season; 9 taps 2 gal
    2021: Same 2x3, 18 taps, 4.5 gal
    2022: 23 taps, 5.9 gal
    2023: 23 taps. Added AUF
    All taps on buckets

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    Quote Originally Posted by berkshires View Post
    Thanks for sharing, these are really cute. And in that vein, here's something that's not maple for breakfast. Just heard about it from a colleague from work and made it for Thanksgiving. It was a big hit: https://smittenkitchen.com/2007/11/n...ple-cream-pie/

    Gabe
    We have a restaurant near us that specializes in pickerel (walleye) and people come a long ways to eat there. But they also have a Maple Cheesecake that is Orgasmic. It is to die for. If i was on death’s row and got to pick my last meal, this maple cheesecake would be part of it.
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 109 L (28.8 gals) of delicious syrup made.
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter
    Planned 176 taps, 169 on lines and 7 on drops to pails, for 2023 with a 2x4 divided pan and base stack, 8” pipe, on a block arch.

  10. #240
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    If you have a raised flue pan feeding into a finishing pan, do you need two float boxes, one for each pan?

    I have sent my pan maker a few questions about getting a raised flue pan into a finishing pan versus the divided pan. The two three key questions, are cost difference, expected boil rate differences, and is it worth while to have a flue pan on a cinder block evaporator?

    Today I finished restacking my firewood for the 2024 boiling season. I had it stacked in two 6’ tall rows and thought I did a good job, but found it on the ground a few days ago. When I restacked it, I put it into three, less tall rows. All those finely split logs took time to restack.

    I have watched some other evaporator videos, mostly to look at the pans, but in almost case I noticed how full they stacked the firebox
    Last edited by Swingpure; 11-28-2022 at 06:45 PM.
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 109 L (28.8 gals) of delicious syrup made.
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter
    Planned 176 taps, 169 on lines and 7 on drops to pails, for 2023 with a 2x4 divided pan and base stack, 8” pipe, on a block arch.

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