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    I agree you probably don't need firebrick to get...

    I agree you probably don't need firebrick to get going. What did you think of my suggested modifications?
    http://mapletrader.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=22403&d=1627401964

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    Sorry the link didn't work, but it sounds like...

    Sorry the link didn't work, but it sounds like you've already poked around a bit. I think this arch is not too dissimilar to what you have in mind, and he's been boiling on it for 20 years, so it...
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    I'm just curious, have you looked at all the...

    I'm just curious, have you looked at all the other threads here on building a block arch? There's a ton of good info that covers a lot of these issues. Here's a start:...
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    Here would be my suggestion. Much smaller fire...

    Here would be my suggestion. Much smaller fire area, more forcing of the heat up to the pans, and no steel plate.

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    Cheers,

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    Welcome Swingpure! I've only been doing this a...

    Welcome Swingpure! I've only been doing this a half a dozen years, and I never built a cinderblock arch. I did build my own arch (out of an old wood-burning stove), so I did learn one or two things...
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    Some places sell barrel chips that you can add. ...

    Some places sell barrel chips that you can add. Much faster because more surface area.

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    Neat idea! Is the volume of sap being sprayed...

    Neat idea! Is the volume of sap being sprayed too high to use cooler sap? Like, what if you used 180 degree sap coming from a pre-heater? Would there be too much volume, and it would kill the boil...
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    What part of the tree are the brackets attached...

    What part of the tree are the brackets attached to? The main trunk? Big branches? Branches certainly move. I think they can become more or less vertically oriented relative to the stem over time,...
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    Okay a couple of quick thoughts: 1 - You might...

    Okay a couple of quick thoughts:

    1 - You might get more hits on this topic if you posted it in the "bottling" forum rather than the "Massachusetts" forum.

    2 - Sounds like your volume is at...
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    Hey Aaron, Seems like you wound up with a...

    Hey Aaron,

    Seems like you wound up with a pretty good season, despite issues with your stack, and a bunch of trees being uncooperative. How much finished syrup did you wind up with?

    Hard to...
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    Yes I have noticed a bitter flavor from raw syrup...

    Yes I have noticed a bitter flavor from raw syrup with a lot of niter in it. The syrup tastes fine right away, but after a few seconds in the mouth, it gets this astringent flavor. Not quite...
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    Sounds like a great season, Aaron! GO

    Sounds like a great season, Aaron!

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    linapale is a spambot. Just joined mapletrader. ...

    linapale is a spambot. Just joined mapletrader. Look at its other thread, containing equally irrelevant gibberish and a link to a website probably filled with malware (I didn't click on the link...
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    Pandemic-influenced tappers

    Syruping in the news: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/style/maple-sugaring-syrup-hobby.html

    Gabe
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    Congrats, Bill! And sorry to hear that...

    Congrats, Bill!

    And sorry to hear that bigschuss.

    When all was said and done, I had about an average year on the eastern foothills of the Berkshires. Sugar level was about average. Sap runs...
  16. Oh, cool trick, thanks for sharing! Hopefully I...

    Oh, cool trick, thanks for sharing! Hopefully I didn't ruin it by boiling it down with all that niter in it. I think I'll try the settling method for a couple of weeks, and then see if it still has...
  17. Off flavor from too much contact with niter?

    I'm wondering if too much contact with niter can produce a permanent off flavor in the finished syrup?

    For most of the season, after I filter a batch I take the felt filter and put it into the...
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    Ouch. I bet a few choice words were uttered. I...

    Ouch. I bet a few choice words were uttered. I try to just transport in a closed barrel whenever I can, but sometimes the way things work out it goes in one that would not survive an overturn, and...
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    Yesterday I pulled taps and did one final boil. ...

    Yesterday I pulled taps and did one final boil. I know there would be one more run this weekend, but other priorities need to take precedence, so it's time to call it.

    Had a smallish run (1 GPT)...
  20. Lots of people "overcook" their syrup on the...

    Lots of people "overcook" their syrup on the evaporator a little and then correct while bottling. Not sure why you think that would "make the problem worse".

    The moral of the story is you should...
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    I typically toss the ice too. Definitely not...

    I typically toss the ice too. Definitely not worth boiling. But the reason I say "typically" and not "always" is that if you check the weather and it is going to be very warm, and you can't boil...
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    I'm not in PA, but if I were you I would take...

    I'm not in PA, but if I were you I would take advantage of the good week coming, if you've only been tapping for two weeks. I don't know when your trees bud out, but if it might be soon then keep an...
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    Well that was a long night. I cooked down 72...

    Well that was a long night. I cooked down 72 gallons of sap, or 4 1/4 gallons per tap. Took me all night, ran out of wood and was splitting not fully seasoned wood just to keep it going. That was...
  24. Jigrod - a few thoughts: If I were you, on...

    Jigrod - a few thoughts:

    If I were you, on this small evaporator, I would just draw off when you get to temp, and finish on propane or in the house.

    Question: Do you have bungs between...
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    I took a day off last Thursday to boil. I've not...

    I took a day off last Thursday to boil. I've not been up to the Berkshires since then. Too busy packing to move the family from CT to MA this week. But this week, I'm sure, is the best run of the...
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