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MountainMaple October 13th, 2017 01:26 PM

Setting up my new 2x5
 
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Getting my new 2x5 Smokey Lake evaporator set up. It is insulated and bricked, next up sometime this fall is a test boil. It is so beautiful I I almost hate to get it dirty :) But first I have to knock down several bees nests in the cupola on some nice frosty morning....

Bryan Ex October 13th, 2017 02:06 PM

Very cool and I am sure you will be very pleased. Worst part is always peeling all the plastic off.

Maple Flats October 13th, 2017 03:52 PM

I thought you were going to show us the bees! :-D Just kidding, nice rig!!

MountainMaple October 13th, 2017 04:55 PM

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Thanks, can't wait to set up the test boil.

You want bees - this lovely nest below is about 100 yards away from the sugarhouse, taken a week or two ago. And found a ground nest of bees right in front of the sugarhouse that I almost stepped in. I get bad reactions to certain bee stings so I am happy to eliminate their nests!

Maple Flats October 13th, 2017 08:18 PM

That looks more like a white faced hornet nest (also called a bald faced hornet). That's not bees.

ddociam October 15th, 2017 08:25 PM

I just picked up my Smokey Lake 2x4 evaporator. It sitting in my barn waiting for me. I picked up a load of wood today so that needs my attention also. I'm waiting for my new shed to be finished so I can move all my tools into my new shop. Then I can set up my sugar shack.


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Maple Flats October 16th, 2017 08:04 AM

Be careful, hornets can be very agressive and if I'm right about that being bald faced hornets they are some of the most agressive. The good news is that a good hard frost and the nest will die, only the queen and the encapsulated young over winter and neither sting.

1arch October 16th, 2017 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by MountainMaple (Post 67804)
Thanks, can't wait to set up the test boil.

You want bees - this lovely nest below is about 100 yards away from the sugarhouse, taken a week or two ago. And found a ground nest of bees right in front of the sugarhouse that I almost stepped in. I get bad reactions to certain bee stings so I am happy to eliminate their nests!

That nest is a work of art. After frost I have harvested them and hung them in the barn for decoration. These nests are a one shot deal, meaning they won’t habitat them again next year.


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