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    Default Checking what VT sugar makers are doing

    OK fellas, I have been right out straight with work and trying to get ready here. Addition is done, preheater is built, filter press is cleaned and working. And I am in the ordering stages of building an RO. I have increased my tapping potential from the 900s to apprx 2500 this summer. all woods works is done, well Im sure I have some highwind storm damage somewhere I always do.

    So when are we all tapping. Im thinking end of the Month, typically tap around valentines day. Whats everyone else doing??? POST IT HERE
    vacuum
    RO
    filter press
    auto draw
    New leader oil fired


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    Sitting here on the Trader watching it rain. Yuk.
    Reversing front pan in order to draw off from the back rather than the front.
    Bob- 4 x 12 Small Bros. Lightning w/raised flues-open pans
    20 x 40 sugarhouse, all tubing-main line to sugarhouse
    1400+- for 2011 & 100% vacuum
    Polaris 500 HO w/Tatou 4s Tracks
    1 Chocolate Lab from TEXAS

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    Plan to check woods in a week or so for any damage from the December storm. Completed fall maintenance in November along with the 4,000+ tap expansion. Appears we faired well on this side of the state with minimal ice damage. Will get ready to start tapping third week of Feb since it will probably take a week to get everything tapped.
    3x10 Leader Inferno Arch
    12,315 Taps
    2 - 14 HP Indiana Vacuum pump
    1800gph Lapierre RO
    10" Lapierre filter press
    2 - 25,000 tap Lapierre releasers
    3 - SS 1500 gallon tanks
    1 - SS 8,400 gallon tank
    8x8 Argo ATV
    50k John Deere generator


    24'x32' sugarhouse

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    Well when I get going with tapping a lot will get done per day. I am 2 days earlier than last year but also have 1000 more taps than last year. My wife will start running my potato chip route soon so then I will be able to jam . Lappiere just came down this past week and added a 3rd post to my r.o. so that will help prevent a sunami like I had last year.
    4x14 Hurricane Force 5
    Lapierre 1500 GPH R.O
    7800 Taps on vac.
    24x26 Sugarhouse

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    did super reg get your pumps yet?
    Business Name
    Flat Lander Sugaring (who would think a guy from Az be making syrup)
    125 on Sap Suckers
    Close to 475 High Vac
    400 gravity adding more
    leader 2x6
    home made preheater
    hoods
    1 7D749 for AOF
    New FLS Tsunami Arch
    4 membrane TR Industries RO 2HP 3 phase 601GPH 250 PSI
    PID Display for Arch Temp.
    Chumlee of the trader

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    My dad is going to start tapping for me this week. He should get close to 1000 done this coming week. Gives him something to do, and it really helps me out. I still have a lot of damage to fix in one of my sugarbushes.
    4x14 Hurricane Force 5
    Lapierre 1500 GPH R.O
    7800 Taps on vac.
    24x26 Sugarhouse

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    Heading down to hubbarton to pull taps. Should be able to pull 1000 this week.
    Thad

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    they come in on Thursday. I will let u know.
    4x14 Hurricane Force 5
    Lapierre 1500 GPH R.O
    7800 Taps on vac.
    24x26 Sugarhouse

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    Wow that's allot of taps. Good luck with your season
    FIRST GENERATION SUGARMAKER
    First boil 2/22/2012! Went Pefect!
    3,500' of laterals
    1,000' of mainline
    2012 - 105 taps on gravity, 12 sap sacks.
    2013 - 175 taps on gravity, 25 on sacks = 200 taps for 2013! Second year.
    2014 - 250 taps on gravity, 25 on sacks
    Tapped on February 16, 2014
    2015 - adding vac sap puller no more gravity for me!
    275 gallon holding tank for 2014
    20'x30' Sugarhouse

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    Ask Dr. Tim, I think he knows a fair amount about it. It will probably be his next big test.
    4x14 Hurricane Force 5
    Lapierre 1500 GPH R.O
    7800 Taps on vac.
    24x26 Sugarhouse

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