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    Maybe Dr. Tim can chime in here,might have done a study? This year we went to 5/16 metal spiles for our buckets,mostly for the health of the trees. Very poor year to make a comparison,but most of the...
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    Vacuum pumps running all day today,wouldn’t have pulled in more than 20 gallons all together between the three bushes
  3. Any Steam Away Owners Leave Snotty Sap In To Clean?

    Does anyone ever leave snotty sap in their steam away? Leader owner manual says not to leave liquid in it,might be too hard to get the snotty stuff all out? I have cleaned every year with vinegar and...
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    Peepers out last night and today. Hoping the...

    Peepers out last night and today. Hoping the freeze comes soon and sap is okay. Gonna be a lot of disgruntled customers if we don’t get some more good runs
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    Our son used to follow me tapping in the check...

    Our son used to follow me tapping in the check valves,he would get too overzealous and break some off. Now my wife does all the tapping in,after 1000’s and 1000’s she has yet to break one off. You...
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    We’ll see how it goes today. Have boiled about 4-5 times so far with the new bubbler system in the flue pan,couldn’t see much bubbling action going on,still lots of nitre and syrup not getting...
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    Trees are finally waking up! Made 32 gallons this...

    Trees are finally waking up! Made 32 gallons this afternoon,looking close to golden,but battery was dead in the Hanna checker to be positive
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    What type of canning unit do you have? Your syrup...

    What type of canning unit do you have? Your syrup will be fine for the last inch. Our CDL unit has the thermometer go straight in,so won’t read until there’s 15-16 gallons of syrup in the tank,and...
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    I certainly hope that the weatherman is...

    I certainly hope that the weatherman is wrong,only boiled once so far to sweeten the pans last Friday.Our best tree next to sugar house that will generally fill the buckets two to three times daily...
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    Marty,our first boil Friday night,same thing,just...

    Marty,our first boil Friday night,same thing,just enough to sweeten the pans and make sure everything is working okay. Have you got much squirrel damage? This year seems to be the most we’ve had in a...
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    Should you choose to put a fire under the...

    Should you choose to put a fire under the pans,make sure it’s a small one,ice won’t melt fast enough to keep liquid against your flues,etc
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    I’m hoping that I found the problem. After breaking the end off a sight tube again this morning I noticed that the bracket that supports the top of the tube is pulling the tube towards the pan too...
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    Okay,deleted several messages

    Okay,deleted several messages
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    Have polycarbonate tube on order from...

    Have polycarbonate tube on order from Amazon,until then used the dremel this morning and rolled the tube around and around until it cut off fairly clean,just a few burs to grind off afterwards. Might...
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    Yes,every fire put drops in the steam away and...

    Yes,every fire put drops in the steam away and the flue pan. This is the third year with it,but first time I have noticed the flue pan being “ robbed of sap “ without syrup coming off. Have seen it...
  16. Thread: Maple syrup

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    Toss the syrup and learn from your mistakes. If...

    Toss the syrup and learn from your mistakes. If you boil it and try it through a new filter you could very well ruin the new filter as well
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    Can a Steam Away Vapour Lock?

    Was watching the sight glass last night while boiling,started off higher than I prefer,then when things really got rolling noticed the sap was only 1/4” above the flues. Went and held down on the...
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    Hi Susan,as you can imagine have been busy. After...

    Hi Susan,as you can imagine have been busy. After many many trips fixing chewed lines finally got enough to fire and sweeten the pans last night. How many spoils would you like? Can either have them...
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    Could be a hollow spot,or close to an old taphole...

    Could be a hollow spot,or close to an old taphole that is allowing air to your new tap
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    Tapped 10 aluminum and 10 plastic buckets...

    Tapped 10 aluminum and 10 plastic buckets yesterday like that by putting the spiles through the bucket into the tree. Kinda a pain tapping the spiles on in with the hammer,but buckets won’t fly off...
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    Supposed to warm up today to get the sap flowing....

    Supposed to warm up today to get the sap flowing. Good luck to everyone. Can’t see it running too great yet,snow still up against the trees,no wells around the trees yet. Been too cold to even wash...
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    No thanks Marty,my hamstrings are so tight now I...

    No thanks Marty,my hamstrings are so tight now I can hardly move
  23. Lew,do you still need to put defoamer in the flue...

    Lew,do you still need to put defoamer in the flue pan,or just syrup pan?
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    Tapped first bush this afternoon,snow to the top...

    Tapped first bush this afternoon,snow to the top of your boots every step. Supposed to go down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit by Tuesday morning,so we have time yet
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    I use a grundfos pump,meant for outdoor furnaces....

    I use a grundfos pump,meant for outdoor furnaces. I have quick connects on it so I can keep it at home where it will not freeze until I need it. I pump the hot distillate from the tank either into...
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