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Thread: Checking what VT sugar makers are doing

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    Crazy as it sounds we have six telephone poles we are going to try to set in the ground in the next couple of weeks. We have one vacuum line and pump line to repair from storm damage. The poles are for a new 1200' mainline, pump line, and future vacuum line (we are going to run a sap puller this year). If the ground doesn't cooperate for the install we will have to rig the lines lower this year until we can put the poles in. We want the lines high near some trail crossings which will be fine with the lay of the land.

    Mike
    Tapping since 1985 (four generations back to early to mid 1900s). 200-250 taps on buckets and then tubing in the mid 90s. 2013- 275 taps w/sap puller 25 gal. 2014-295 taps w/sap puller 55 ga. (re-tapped to vacuum theory) 2015-330 taps full vac. 65 gal, 2016-400 taps 105 gal, 2017-400 taps 95 gal. 2018-additional 800' mainline and maybe 400 new taps for a total near 800 taps. 2x6 Leader WSE (last year on it) supported by a 250 gph RO.

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    I started tapping today.... taking advantage of easy moving in the woods with crampons to get the steep and rugged areas done first. Still working on finishing up plumbing tanks in the addition as well. The forecast is all over for northern vt though south of us looks to get warm for bit...we'll see what happens here. IT would be nice to make some January syrup as the strategic reserve is dangerously low....
    About 750 taps on High Vac.
    2.5 x 8 Intens-O-Fire
    Airtech 3 hp LR Pump
    Springtech Elite 500 RO
    14 x 24 Timber Frame SugarHouse
    16 x 22 Sap Shed w/ 1500 gal. + 700 gal. tanks
    www.littlehogbackfarm.com

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