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    Default New guy on the block

    My wife and I are going into our 4th year at this. We look forward to this each year. Although we feel we are doing ok at this, and I plan on bottling and trying to sell this year. I was wondering if there is anything going on where people get together and swap stories and how to information. I am sure there is allot of good information out there. I know that my first time at this was a big learning experience, and have learned allot over the past three years. We would enjoy looking at how other people set up and process. I have seen allot of good ideas, and have learned from reading other forums.
    Maple Ridge Sugar House
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    David,
    You have found the best place on the web for information and ideas. Do a search on just about any question you may have, and I'm pretty sure you will end up with more than you can read in one sitting.
    John Allin

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    Dave,
    you and your wife have have come to the right place. If you seach a question with no luck, just start a thread with your question and you will get all kind s of expertise and experience of the topic. Welcome aboard.


    Good luck and have fun


    Smitty
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    You will get so many ideas and answers you will wish you never asked the guestion sometimes. Not that it ever happens to me but.
    maybe 50 taps for 2011
    Finally ready to boil when I get enough sap
    I just might be crazy.( make that I know I am)
    Trees all tapped except the ones with 5 feet of snow.
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    Default Installing 5/16 tree saver taps

    I asked this question on another thread and got no answer. I was wondering if it makes a differance on how you install the tap and drop line. I have see a couple photoes showing the drop line off to a slight angle, and some streight down. Dose it matter?
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    Maple Ridge,
    I have some drops straight down and others at a slight angle to better fit the tree or where the tee is located in the line.
    Think like sap. Unless its going 90 degrees then I think the drop will work fine. I other words any thing less than horizontal to the ground should work

    Hope that helps.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarmaker View Post
    Maple Ridge,
    I have some drops straight down and others at a slight angle to better fit the tree or where the tee is located in the line.
    Think like sap. Unless its going 90 degrees then I think the drop will work fine. I other words any thing less than horizontal to the ground should work

    Hope that helps.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Thank you for information. I just didn,t know if it would become air locked in th vertical position.
    Maple Ridge Sugar House
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    12 X 16 Sugar House.
    20 X 66 CDL Evaperator.
    A good Wife that enjoys collecting and working in the sugar house.

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    Post drop lines

    David,
    as sugarmaker has said, as long as the drops don't run horizonal u should
    be in great shape. as you retap every year, you will be moving the tap
    around the tree, so the drop will be different every year, and it seems that
    the tee is never in the same place year to year.

    good luck, have fun
    smitty
    30"x10' Small Brothers on natural gas
    24' x 24' Sugarhouse
    500 taps (2011)
    Hopefully 600 on vac (2012)
    Homemade bottling equipment
    Father and Son operation with plenty
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    Maple Ridge Dr Perkins mentioned drops on the Check valve thread so I asked him to elaborate on the tube placement hope im doing it right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haynes Forest Products View Post
    Maple Ridge Dr Perkins mentioned drops on the Check valve thread so I asked him to elaborate on the tube placement hope im doing it right
    The more information the better. Thank you.
    Maple Ridge Sugar House
    230 taps for 2016
    12 X 16 Sugar House.
    20 X 66 CDL Evaperator.
    A good Wife that enjoys collecting and working in the sugar house.

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