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  1. Thread: Tapping 2019

    by bagpiper
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    Time to tap in southern Maine

    Hi All,

    I'm down in very southern Maine about 15 miles from the coast. I'm tapping tomorrow afternoon when the trees have warmed up a bit. I've got about 100 on vacuum, so I'll get those done...
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    I bought a Lunchbox a few years ago. It is...

    I bought a Lunchbox a few years ago. It is basically a small cooler (you can see it on YouTube) with a Flojet H58 10000 syrup pump hanging on a bracket. The pump is submersible and the cooler is...
  3. Thread: 2018 tapping

    by bagpiper
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    Last boil today down here in Berwick. Buckets...

    Last boil today down here in Berwick. Buckets stopped producing early in the week and the 100 Reds on vaccum gave up the ghost yesterday. Great year overall, 35 gallons due to hobby RO. Took the pain...
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    Hi NOOB - I'm an hour east of you just over the...

    Hi NOOB - I'm an hour east of you just over the border in Maine. I tap all reds and have a 100 trees on vac. and 40 on buckets. If you are just going with gravity, I would wait a bit until we start...
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    I have all Reds. I hooked up 85 taps/trees to...

    I have all Reds. I hooked up 85 taps/trees to vacuum this year and surprisingly pulled out about 15 gals/tap. I put 50 trees on buckets and only emptied them three times; probably averaged 3...
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    Tapped In Berwick

    I boiled my last batch this afternoon. I dumped 8 gals. of sweet out of my flue pan into my old flat pan and in 30 minutes, had 2 gals. of syrup; a fine end to a great season. This was my 1st season...
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    Woodsrover, How did you like your Next Gen RO...

    Woodsrover,

    How did you like your Next Gen RO unit? Which size did you buy? I have 85 taps on vac and 50 buckets and am planning on buying a hobby unit this summer.

    Thanks,
    Bagpiper
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    Bigelow Mint Medley tea made with piping hot...

    Bigelow Mint Medley tea made with piping hot sweet from the flue pan. If it's late in the day maybe beef it up with a shot of rum or whiskey - Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye.
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    I have a 2x4 Smoky Lake Hybrid pan also. It sits...

    I have a 2x4 Smoky Lake Hybrid pan also. It sits on a funky oil drum set up that I put together. I have AUF only. If I keep it stoked up with good dry wood and run the depth at about 1 in., I max out...
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    I have a Smoky Lake 2x4 drop flue hybrid pan on a...

    I have a Smoky Lake 2x4 drop flue hybrid pan on a home built 275 oil tank arch. I installed a grate and blow air in underneath the grate and up through the fire box. It takes about 100 gals. to...
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    You go down to your vacuum pump and just watch...

    You go down to your vacuum pump and just watch the sap and the bubbles running through the laterals and you stand there without a thought in your head and then you look over at your dog patiently...
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    I have 85 reds on vaccum this year; volume has...

    I have 85 reds on vaccum this year; volume has been good but sugar content is 1.0% to 1.5%. Keep hoping that the sugar content will improve but hasn't happened yet. My 40 buckets have done amost...
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    It's all good!

    Making syrup is right up there with trout fishing ($200/lb.), grouse hunting with a dog ($300/lb.), smelting and clamming. I forgot to mention all the money saved deer hunting ($50/lb.) and keeping...
  14. Hi Sparky - I'm down here in Berwick on the NH...

    Hi Sparky - I'm down here in Berwick on the NH border. I just set up 5/16 lines with 85 taps on vacuum and I'll have 50 buckets. I'm tapping all reds which I've been told do well on vacuum. I've read...
  15. Moisture trap for air line to Lunchbox Vacuum/Releaser

    Hi Folks,

    I purchased a Lunchbox Vacuum/Releaser from Dean at Northwoods Sugar Works. He recommends setting up a moisture trap between the compressor and the pump. I have about a 300 foot run...
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    Size of main line for 70 taps?

    I'm setting up a lunchbox vacuum at the bottom of a 4% slope. I'll have about 70 taps with 5 to 8 taps/lateral coming into the main. This is a red maple stand, so not high volume producers. My...
  17. I'm assuming since you're talking about batch...

    I'm assuming since you're talking about batch boiling that these are flat pans with no dividers? If so, with a 2 pan set up such as yours, how do you plan on emptying out the pans completely when...
  18. How do the arch and pans look like they will hold...

    How do the arch and pans look like they will hold up over time? Good welds and heavy enough arch steel?
  19. New 2X6 arch and divided pans - $1,450 - Anyone familiar with this guy/product?

    Found this on Craigslist; the link is posted below. The guy's name is Randy and he is in Spofford, NH. Sounds good and the pictures look nice. I'm wondering if anyone has seen the product or done...
  20. New 2X6 arch and divided pans for $1,450 - anyone purchased this setup?

    Found this on Craigslist; the link is posted below. The guy's name is Randy and he is in Spofford, NH. Sounds good and the pictures look nice. I'm wondering if anyone has seen the product or done...
  21. Batch boiling vs. continuous flow - What should I do?

    Hi All,

    I finished my season here in Southern Maine yesterday. I was hoping to make 10 gals. but only got to 7 which is OK considering the weather. My dilemma is this. Right now I batch boil with...
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    Hey Mitchman - We are getting a good run down...

    Hey Mitchman - We are getting a good run down here on the border. 8:00 pm and my finicky reds are cranking. It's 39 F according to Accuweather but just above freezing if I average my 3 thermometers....
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    It's running tonight here in southern Maine. The...

    It's running tonight here in southern Maine. The trees started to thaw around noon today and late this afternoon, they were really starting to go. I just went out with a flashlight and they are going...
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    You "work from your home office" every day that...

    You "work from your home office" every day that you think the sap will run. Your boss thinks that maybe you're having a "fling" but he doesn't know it's with a bunch of sap buckets.
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    I bought a 2x4 pan from them last year. Have had...

    I bought a 2x4 pan from them last year. Have had 12 boils so far and the pan is holding up well. I'm getting 10 gals./hr. on a flat pan with no dividers! Go for it.
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