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  1. You may want to add a little obstruction just...

    You may want to add a little obstruction just before the stack to divert the heat to the outside so it does not short-circuit up the middle.
  2. For one it is not too late to get out before the...

    For one it is not too late to get out before the addiction hits. After my first year with 12 taps cooked over a fire pit I was going to make a block arch. That turned into why not make a steel one as...
  3. A 24 inch deep firebox should be enough for that...

    A 24 inch deep firebox should be enough for that size. You can then slope up to within 1 or 2 inches of the pans or just do a straight wall up. The reason for reducing the area under the pans behind...
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    Maple Hollow always said it would be on you bill...

    Maple Hollow always said it would be on you bill after shipping. I guess this was because they used more than one shipper and your cost depended on who they got the lowest price from.
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    The holes do not fill in but grow over the hole....

    The holes do not fill in but grow over the hole. The larger the tree the longer it seems to cover the hole. Do not ever put anything in the hole.
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    Your issue may be the drying out of the dead tree...

    Your issue may be the drying out of the dead tree and thus having shrinkage and pulling that portion down some.
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    Yes you can, there are even 12 volt models if you...

    Yes you can, there are even 12 volt models if you do not have 110 at your sugarhouse.
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    I don't think it was him personally but they...

    I don't think it was him personally but they collected 31,000 gallons of sap in one day which makes about 500 gallons of syrup.
  9. 1 shot of maple syrup, 1 shot of Ole Smoky Salted...

    1 shot of maple syrup, 1 shot of Ole Smoky Salted Carmel, vanilla ice cream, mix in a blender. Best ice cream drink out there.
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    I try to make sure there is more than enough...

    I try to make sure there is more than enough concentrate in the head tank when the RO is done for the day to flood the pans. How much you need will depend on your evaporator and how you shut down....
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    Hickory syrup is made by boiling the bark,...

    Hickory syrup is made by boiling the bark, straining it out and then adding sugar until you get to syrup.
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    I run a water bleach solution through mine, take...

    I run a water bleach solution through mine, take off the suction line and run out what is in the pump and put away for the season.
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    I started getting an off flavor last night when...

    I started getting an off flavor last night when boiling so I am done for the year. I made 160 gallons and am happy with that. Sugar content was down to 1.2% at the end, lowest sugar content I have...
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    I bought the gold to check my other ones to make...

    I bought the gold to check my other ones to make sure they are accurate and keep it stored until I recheck the calibration of the less expensive ones.
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    When you flush or clean you want as much scouring...

    When you flush or clean you want as much scouring as possible so the max flow through the concentrate side will clean the best. There should be nothing to clean on the permeate side.
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    Putting a damper in reduces your draft which...

    Putting a damper in reduces your draft which reduces the oxygen to the fire. This reduces combustion which reduces your evaporation rate so longer boils. I would use larger pieces of wood or close...
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    With those numbers you should have gone from 1.7%...

    With those numbers you should have gone from 1.7% to 4.25% if you have 100 gallons of concentrate out of 250 gallons of sap. I think my math is correct as if you had 125 gallons of concentrate you...
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    Metabolism is caused by chemicals produced by the...

    Metabolism is caused by chemicals produced by the trees. My experience is that is tastes fine while hot off the evaporator but after is cools down it has a terrible aftertaste. The sock smell while...
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    I was out of town last week so I did not get...

    I was out of town last week so I did not get tapped until Sunday. I collected 760 gallons yesterday from 370 taps.
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    Got my tubing mostly up in early January while it...

    Got my tubing mostly up in early January while it was still nice out. Need to go over the shurflo pumps and get them into the woods and rinse out tanks. Looking to tap second week in March.
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    Dewalt just came out with one also.

    Dewalt just came out with one also.
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    As the leaf litter breaks down it helps condition...

    As the leaf litter breaks down it helps condition and fertilize the soil.
  23. Close the ball valve and come in from the...

    Close the ball valve and come in from the discharge side and drill a hole in the center of the "ball".
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    You could also look at doing value added maple...

    You could also look at doing value added maple products.
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    You could possible stand a piece of flat steel...

    You could possible stand a piece of flat steel and wrap some insulation around it from the top of the flat to help hold it there.
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