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  1. #2891
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    I think Bascoms in Alstad NH
    Blaisdell's Maple Farm

  2. #2892
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    Address: 56 Sugar House Rd, Acworth, NH 03601
    Hours:
    Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM Wed
    Phone: (603) 835-6361
    Blaisdell's Maple Farm

  3. #2893
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    Finished cutting and stacking firewood.84D03C3C-4779-4FA9-9431-C4454EDB7F81.jpg
    3x10 Leader Inferno Arch
    14,200 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

  4. #2894
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjdoyon View Post
    Finished cutting and stacking firewood.Attachment 21616
    Wow! That's a lot of wood. You must have one of the larger wood-fired operations.
    Ken
    Ken & Sherry
    Williston, VT

    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
    https://www.facebook.com/pumpkinhillmaple/

  5. #2895
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    I got nervous about having jugs for the season and went ahead and placed an order from Bascom. The funny thing is that 2 of the 4 packages arrived by a little car, instead of a Big Brown van. The 3rd box is due later tonight. I'm wondering if the guy's running back to the terminal with his little car to get that one because he couldn't fit them all in. Then box 4 is due Friday. What do you bet that Big Brown shows up for the single 4th box?
    Ken & Sherry
    Williston, VT

    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
    https://www.facebook.com/pumpkinhillmaple/

  6. #2896
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    Red face Hello NEK Sugar Makers - ISO assistance w new sugarbush

    Hi Everyone,

    Hope y’all had a semi decent Thanksgiving given the circumstances of this bizarre time. I am a new maple tapper and have built a sugar house to get started into this addictive sport. I have a good amount of trees accessible to me, but I am looking to start off tapping 50-100 taps on gravity this year as a start. I am looking for someone to show me how to do a well planned layout and the how to’s of rigging the mains and laterals and drops in this first sugarbush. If you all know of anyone, or would be willing, I am open to hearing from them/you regarding cost and services. I really want to start off on the right foot this year, and hope to continue adding to my small operation. Any feedback or help would be greatly appreciated....

    Ellen, West Charleston where Echo meets Seymour

    I have: Lapierre Waterloo Small 18x 48 propane evaporator
    A 5 x 400 gpd RO RB35 Reverse Osmosis
    2 275g collection tanks
    1 500g collection tank
    Kabota Grand L4340 aka The Honeybadger
    2018 Polaris XP 1000 EPS

    2020: 6 drops to 5g’s, 10 quarts on home stove
    2021: Can’t Wait!!! Nervous excited!

  7. #2897
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    Won't be long now with sun solar flares. The deep freeze has hit my area now.. waiting sort of patiently for the sap release now.... *eagerly rubbing hands together*

  8. #2898
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    I am feeling the same
    vacuum
    RO
    filter press
    auto draw
    New leader oil fired


    http://s712.photobucket.com/albums/ww123/jtrap/

  9. #2899
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    I've been super busy making, selling and shipping product and trying to finish up some non sugaring projects around the homestead. No major changes this season but I did take the evaporator apart and made a few repairs to the arch. A couple minor details to finish there but no biggy. I also really scrubbed the soot side of the flues on the back pan and got it back to almost like new...

    Still have some wood to finish up in the next couple weeks, but I did finish clearing a bunch of downed trees off lines. Lost a couple taps to blow downs but will be gaining a few to make up the difference and then some. I'll be changing out a few hundred drops and doing some repairs before tapping. Planning to be ready to tap by mid to late January as usual.
    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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    Replacing half my drops this year and gonna add 300 more taps once that is done.
    2016- 50 buckets. Made 4 gallons
    2017- 100 buckets, 50 taps on 3/4 mainline and 3/16th tubing + shurflo vacuum. Made 30 gallons.
    2018- 1000 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, 60 buckets - made 378 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 1713 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, NO buckets. Made 500 gallons.
    2020- 2793 taps made 1118 gallons.
    2021- adding 500?

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