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  1. #91
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    How's it going Friends ? I know its warm but it seems early to me , and I don't see a west wind in the close future.

  2. #92
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    not doing to bad, keeping up atleast just passed 550 gals of sap with half my taps in ( im caught in the middle of reworking my other bush) since the weather is so earlier this year
    2x6 leader WSE with AUF, hood,preheater
    waterguy RO
    leader 16 gal custom water jacketed canner
    10 in short stack wes fab filter press
    540 taps on tubing with vac & always adding
    2- benders running 25" hg from GAST vac pumps
    few stainless bulk tanks
    1978 chevy 1 ton 4x4 dually
    IH T340 dozer with 6-way blade

  3. #93
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    Anyone setting up yet ?

  4. #94
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    I'm in Deerfield and I tapped at the end of February and had a really good four-day stretch. The taps are running pretty well today too. Looks like next weekend will be a great run

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    We tapped around Feb 21. Collected 50-ish gallons of sap and boiled it down. Yesterday, some of our buckets were full of ice we collected 50 gallons of ice blocks and boiled that down. Hoping today is a good run before the big freeze hits this week.
    55ish taps on buckets
    D&G Sportsman 18x63
    RB15 RO Bucket
    Stihl 044 and 026

  6. #96
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    all ive done so far is make a new SS base stack a few weeks back, looked the equipment over and ordered a few small parts .... tuesday ill setup and get things together. ive been busy with other money making jobs and the weather hasn`t been prefect enough to get things really productive ...
    2x6 leader WSE with AUF, hood,preheater
    waterguy RO
    leader 16 gal custom water jacketed canner
    10 in short stack wes fab filter press
    540 taps on tubing with vac & always adding
    2- benders running 25" hg from GAST vac pumps
    few stainless bulk tanks
    1978 chevy 1 ton 4x4 dually
    IH T340 dozer with 6-way blade

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    Where I help out boiling we finally had enough sap to fill up the new pans and adjust all the floats etc. and boil some raw sap to get used to the new max flue pan and cross flow front pans. Strange not having a 6' syrup channel right in front of you to observe,just the end of a cross flow syrup channel. Changing just a few valves to change flow,that'll be easier and having all the float boxes on the same side does simplify things. Made some nice amber rich but took for ever with raw sap.

  8. #98
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    Gould’s Sugarhouse in Shelburne won’t open this year.

    https://www.recorder.com/Gould-s-Sug...ESDAY-32454231

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ008 View Post
    Gould’s Sugarhouse in Shelburne won’t open this year.

    https://www.recorder.com/Gould-s-Sug...ESDAY-32454231
    Was always a favorite spot to go for breakfast. I wish I was her kids/grandparents. I would keep it open
    2018 -12 taps 8 vacuum 4 gravity/RO = 3 gallons syrup
    2019 - 20 taps upgraded vacuum system/RO = goal 7 gallons

  10. #100
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    Two things I look for, A low Barometer reading (IE Rain/Snow) and a west wind. https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Northfield+MA
    Last edited by Russ008; 02-24-2020 at 03:41 AM.

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