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    In 1985 when my Dad retired and we mowed "back"...

    In 1985 when my Dad retired and we mowed "back" our family camp had several large patches of maple saplings. He and my Grandfather thinned them to try to help along a better canopy and tree growth...
  2. Thread: Cdl vacuum pump

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    We have a CDL 3hp oil pump. We installed a water...

    We have a CDL 3hp oil pump. We installed a water trap at the pump. We had some sap make it's way into the vacuum line at one of our sap shacks (where the releaser and tank is located). The sap...
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    Three years ago we built a new sugarhouse and...

    Three years ago we built a new sugarhouse and upgraded from a Leader WSE 2x6 wood fired evaporator to a CDL Deluxe 3x10 oil fired evaporator. One of point of interest was much like...
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    We have a 3hp oil cooled pump in our sugarhouse. ...

    We have a 3hp oil cooled pump in our sugarhouse. On the backside of the sugarhouse we have a 4" Schedule 4 "manifold" to feed 2 sap shacks. I did this to build storage of vacuum during dumps. I...
  5. Thread: Bottling Prices

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    We have printed the necessary information on an...

    We have printed the necessary information on an Avery label and applied it to the jar. We have a small label with our name and e-mail address. We use the round maple leaf grade sticker on the top. ...
  6. Thread: Bottling Prices

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    We were at our dealer last month getting some...

    We were at our dealer last month getting some supplies and I noticed their number of jugs was lower than normal. With all the other shortages going on I asked about availability. We bought some...
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    I don't have much experience with our CDL 600...

    I don't have much experience with our CDL 600 expandable. During the initial rinse with a tech I asked if I needed a filter in both housings if I was using only one tower and was told yes. So based...
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    We run a WH15 and WH20 pump. Both are their high...

    We run a WH15 and WH20 pump. Both are their high pressure pump. There is an o-ring on the inside of the pump housing cover. We take our housing apart each year to make sure it is clean. Every 2...
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    Have you considered Safflower Oil? It can be had...

    Have you considered Safflower Oil? It can be had as an organic certified product.

    Mike
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    I would recommend either a Banjo fitting or...

    I would recommend either a Banjo fitting or Union. I am not sure what size pipe you have or what your release can handle.

    Our first releaser was set up with 1" pipe and basic fittings adapting...
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    In follow up to the pictures....the board came...

    In follow up to the pictures....the board came from one of two trees on our family property. The 7/16" holes were made with a bit stock and auger bit for buckets (I have one hole which shows the cut...
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    Here is a picture of some maple we had sawn into...

    Here is a picture of some maple we had sawn into lumber. Long story, but we had 2 trees which needed to come down. I used the boards in one of my shops and I often show friends and customers the...
  13. Thread: Surflow distance

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    I would not plan on any ladder type rise from...

    I would not plan on any ladder type rise from anything less than full vacuum because they don't have much CFM, which is needed for success with ladders. I used a Guzzler pump for our first...
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    We had our preheater welded to fix a leak from...

    We had our preheater welded to fix a leak from the ice. While checking to make sure the weld was complete we found a small 3/8" joint which was not welded at the factory. There was a small seep. ...
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    I like to use vinegar for washing. If its the...

    I like to use vinegar for washing. If its the first time I would not hesitate to use vinegar. I don't know what size evaporator you have. When we had a 2x6 I would use 1-1 1/2 gallons in the back...
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    I believe you are talking about the large blue...

    I believe you are talking about the large blue tube with bolts running parallel? Take the bolts apart. If you are talking about the "plunger" in the tube which attached to the blue tube then it...
  17. We have one and it works great. We bought it...

    We have one and it works great. We bought it prior to starting an expansion of tubing. We have not used it as much at this point as other projects have delayed the use. We will be putting in about...
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    What evaporator do you have. We used to have a...

    What evaporator do you have. We used to have a Leader WSE 2x6 and there was a space between the front and rear pans. We filled that space with blanket. It would eventually fall through no matter...
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    What is everyone's though on those floating water...

    What is everyone's though on those floating water heaters used with watering buckets for animals? Maybe that could work to help out.

    Mike
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    Trouble jumped up for us late last week. We had...

    Trouble jumped up for us late last week. We had a technician come out to tune our oil fire evaporator....when we filled...tried to fill the evaporator from the feed tank we found a seam burst in the...
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    I have been looking for a barrel as well. I...

    I have been looking for a barrel as well. I ordered two from a company last spring, but had to go through the credit card company to get a refund because they never shipped the barrels. It's almost...
  22. If you don't want to batten the outside of the...

    If you don't want to batten the outside of the building you could put up strips on the inside to help keep heat in the area where you are. We did that in the old sugarhouse. When we put the RO area...
  23. Thread: 2021 Season

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    Welcome to world of tapping....Early to...

    Welcome to world of tapping....Early to Mid-February for central eastern area.

    I would wait as late as you can. Unless there are special circumstances or you don't live at the tapping property...
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    We installed 1700' of 1" mainline in a new...

    We installed 1700' of 1" mainline in a new section of our woods. We replaced about 300' of older mainline with new (stepped up from 3/4" to 1" to help avoid frozen pockets). We finished side tying...
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    Our first RO was a CDL Hobby 250. We just sold...

    Our first RO was a CDL Hobby 250. We just sold ours last year. We now have a CDL 600 expandable.

    We bought ours after a year of running a sap puller on 375 taps and boiling on a 2x6. It was a...
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